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Aaron Osmond, Utah State Senator, Calls For End To Mandatory Education

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Aaron Osmond, Utah State Senator, Calls For End To Mandatory Education

A Republican state senator in Utah is calling for the end of mandatory education in the state.

State Sen. Aaron Osmond (R-South Jordan) wrote on the state Senate blog Friday that mandatory education in the state has forced teachers and schools to take on parenting responsibilities. Prior to the mandate taking effect in 1890, he wrote, education was "an opportunity" and parents were more engaged. He also wrote that teachers were more respected. The Deseret News first reported Osmond's blog post on Tuesday.

Osmond is the nephew of entertainers Donny and Marie Osmond. His father, Virl, was not a member of The Osmonds.

Osmond wrote:

Some parents completely disengage themselves from their obligation to oversee and ensure the successful education of their children. Some parents act as if the responsibility to educate, and even care for their child, is primarily the responsibility of the public school system. 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.

Unfortunately, in this system, teachers rarely receive meaningful support or engagement from parents and occasionally face retaliation when they attempt to hold a child accountable for bad behavior or poor academic performance.

In his post, Osmond called on parents to decide whether or not their children should go to school, and asked for exploration into how much time children should be in school. He wrote that the state should not mandate 990 hours a year of education, and instead should let local school districts make the decision.

On his website, Osmond highlights education issues and says that along with the compulsory education mandate, state government needs to provide necessary funding for schools. He also calls for shifting more responsibility for education to local school boards and encouraging more people to attend school board meetings. Osmond, 43, is the father of five children ranging in age from 7 to 20.

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canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 3:48 PM
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While I can agree with some of his points about some parents not being involved, teachers not receiving meaningful support, I don't think that ending mandatory education is the key to fixing that. In fact that will only harm the very children whose parents are already not involved in their education.

The world has changed a lot since 1890, not getting an education really limits one's opportunities.
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DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Jul. 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM
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There is pretty much nothing in the quoted statement  of this man I don't agree with. 

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM
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what the fucking fuck? 

we're not stupid enough already for his tastes? 


DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Jul. 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM
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Ps. Am I reading the article wrong? Where did he say that mandatory education should end? 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM
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 So if you have the misfortune to be born with crappy parents you should not be educated if those crappy parents decided it?

How do you think this will impact that child? The surrounding community? The country as a whole?

Do you realize the implication?

Quoting DestinyHLewis:

There is pretty much nothing in the quoted statement  of this man I don't agree with. 

 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM

 That is just one quote but the rest of his blog can be accesed through the links

 

In his post, Osmond called on parents to decide whether or not their children should go to school,

Quoting DestinyHLewis:

Ps. Am I reading the article wrong? Where did he say that mandatory education should end? 

 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM

 In case you cannot do the clickable links here is his post in it's full text

 

  

 

Accountability for Parents + Respect for Teachers

Posted in 2013 on Friday, July 12th, 2013 at 9:38 PM 97 Comments

A Practical Argument for Ending Compulsory Education in Utah
Renewing Accountability for Parents and Respect for Educators
By Senator Aaron Osmond 

 

Before 1890, public education in America was viewed as an opportunity-not a legal obligation. Prior to that time, the parent was primarily responsible for the education of their children. The state provided access to a free education for those that wanted to pursue it. The local teacher was viewed with respect and admiration as a professional to assist a parent in the education of their child.

 

Then came compulsory education. Our State began requiring that all parents must send their children to public school for fear that some children would not be educated because of an irresponsible parent. Since that day, the proverbial pendulum has swung in the wrong direction.

 

Some parents completely disengage themselves from their obligation to oversee and ensure the successful education of their children. Some parents act as if the responsibility to educate, and even care for their child, is primarily the responsibility of the public school system. 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.

 

Unfortunately, in this system, teachers rarely receive meaningful support or engagement from parents and occasionally face retaliation when they attempt to hold a child accountable for bad behavior or poor academic performance.

 

On the other hand, actively engaged parents sometimes feel that the public school system, and even some teachers, are insensitive to the unique needs and challenges of their children and are unwilling or unable to give their child the academic attention they need because of an overburdened education system, obligated by law to be all things to all people.

 

I believe the time has come for us to re-evaluate what we expect of parents and the public education system, as follows:

 

First, we need to restore the expectation that parents are primarily responsible for the educational success of their own children. That begins with restoring the parental right to decide if and when a child will go to public school. In a country founded on the principles of personal freedom and unalienable rights, no parent should be forced by the government to send their child to school under threat of fines and jail time.

 

Second, we need to shift the public mindset to recognize that education is a not an obligation, but an opportunity to be treasured and respected. Utah's constitution requires that we provide the opportunity for a free public education to every child. But public education is not free-it costs taxpayers billions each year. When a parent decides to enroll a child in public school, both the parent and child should agree to meet minimum standards of behavior and academic commitment or face real-life consequences such as repeating a class, a grade, or even expulsion.

 

Third, we need to stop dictating the number of hours a child must be present in a classroom. Instead of requiring that teachers and students must be in class for 990 hours a year, lets enable our local school boards to determine the best use of a teacher's time and focus student and parent expectations on educational outcomes such as completing assignments and passage of exams as the measurement of success for the opportunity to progress in public school.

 

Finally, if a parent decides to keep their child home or to go on a family vacation, it's the responsibility of that parent to ensure their child completes the assignments and stays current with their class. Similarly, if a child consistently misbehaves, it's the teacher's right to send that child home to their parent until he or she is ready to respect and appreciate their opportunity to be educated.

 

I believe it is time to change how we approach public education in Utah. In my view, we should take a close look at repealing compulsory education.

 

 

Quoting DestinyHLewis:

Ps. Am I reading the article wrong? Where did he say that mandatory education should end? 

 

 

 

acrogodess
by Silver Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM
Rotflmao. I was just thinking that considering the quality of education has gone down in the last 25 yrs from when I was in elementary school a d when my kids began attending, I can only imagine what kind of education they would receive at home. Oi!

Quoting autodidact:

what the fucking fuck? 

we're not stupid enough already for his tastes? 


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Arroree
by Ruby Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM
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Uneducated masses are easier to control...

DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Jul. 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM
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In the statement that was quoted in italics, he said nothing about ending education. He made very valid statements about the state of some (a lot) of parents these days. There was nothing in that particular statement I disagreed with. Especially not after being a teacher myself. Everything he said was dead on in that statement. The title to the article didn't mirror the quoted statement at all. 

If there is something else that backs up the title, I'd like to read it. 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 So if you have the misfortune to be born with crappy parents you should not be educated if those crappy parents decided it?

How do you think this will impact that child? The surrounding community? The country as a whole?

Do you realize the implication?

Quoting DestinyHLewis:

There is pretty much nothing in the quoted statement  of this man I don't agree with. 

 



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