Aaron Osmond, Utah State Senator, Calls For End To Mandatory Education
Thoughts? Should education be required for all children, or should it be up to the parents? Does compulsory education force teachers to take on parenting roles, or cause parents to disengage from their children's education?
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bolding minePrior to the mandate taking effect in 1890, he wrote, education was "an opportunity" and parents were more engaged.
Is he really comparing 2013 to 1890?
He's coming up with a "solution" to a problem when he doesn't fully understand the problem. Parents aren't engaged in their children's schooling, so we'll no longer require the students to go to school? Does he picture these same parents sitting around the kitchen table educating their kids on their own? Homeschooling is already an option and perhaps there would be an increase in homeschooling. But for the most part, it would just lead to an uneducated population.
Parents may seem disengaged but for the most part they aren't. My daughter is beyond me in biology and math. It's not that I don't care about her education, it's that in those subjects I can no longer help her. I have to rely on the teachers' expertise. For me, this happened about 10th grade; for some parents, it's much earlier.
I'll admit to being a bit disconnected from my daughter's education. That's because I'm at work 8 or 9 hours a day and she's at school 6 hours a day. I do assist with homework (reasonable homework, for a reasonable amount of time, homework is generally a BIG pet peeve of mine!) but I usually have no idea what she's doing on a daily basis. That's because it's not my job. I've voluntarily given that over to the school. Her teachers communicate with me, I communicate with them, and together we figure out what she needs and how to do it. Her teachers are not parents, and are not co-parents, but they are a valued part of the village.
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