According to Utah state Senator Aaron Osmond, the time has come to end compulsory education and give families the choice of not educating their children at all.
SALT LAKE CITY The idea of forcing children to attend school is outdated and should be scrapped in favor of a system that encourages learning by choice, state Sen. Aaron Osmond said in calling for an end to compulsory education in Utah.
“Some parents act as if the responsibility to educate, and even care for their child, is primarily the responsibility of the public school system,” the South Jordan Republican first wrote on a state Senate blog on Friday.
Some parents act as if the public school system has a responsibility to educate children? The audacity!
“As a result, our teachers and schools have been forced to become surrogate parents, expected to do everything from behavioral counseling, to providing adequate nutrition, to teaching sex education, as well as ensuring full college and career readiness.”
And they expect schools to prepare their children for college or even a job? Who do these people think they are?
“Let’s let them choose it, let’s not force them to do it,” he told the Desert News on Monday. “I think that’s when you start seeing the shift.”
Our nation’s educational institutions may be inadequate or falling behind the rest of the world, but it’s still better than nothing. And that’s what they would choose if given a chance: nothing.
If children in Utah don’t learn to behave themselves at school, they may never. If they aren’t provided lunch at school, they may not eat at all. If they’re denied sex education at school, they certainly won’t learn about that until its too late. And if they aren’t prepared for college or a career after high school, they may never be.