A practical argument for keeping compulsory public education in Utah

Sadler head shotLast week Senator Aaron Osmond wrote a post on the Utah Senate website arguing for the end of compulsory education in Utah. He focuses on the need to return the responsibility and right of educating children to parents:

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.

If education had only private benefits, then perhaps it would be common sense for it to be privately determined by the parents of students.

Education also has many public benefits. For example, it serves as the foundation for our democratic republic. And it requires each of us to study, play, and work with those that are different from us. Only through studying and playing with those different from us can we prepare for participating in a government of difference.

Witnessing our dysfunctional and gridlocked Congress should serve as a dire warning of what transpires when we and our elected officials choose to not work with difference. Public education is one of the few opportunities that we have to be with those that are different from us.

Senator Osmond titles his post “A Practical Argument for Ending Compulsory Education in Utah.” I have a practical argument for keeping it: the future of our government and nation.

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2 Comments
  1. Susan Moeller-Ludwig
    Jul, 27, 2013

    If we left education of our children in the hands of the parents as to children going to public schools we would have a generation of illiterate children. Parents unless they get training are not usually equip with the knowledge of teaching their children and we think what happens to dropouts of compulsory school. Can you imagine what it would be like with no compulsory school. Our education standing in the world in some important subjects have dropped below the standings we had earlier. I think this person in the Utah legislature has got his head in the sand to even suggested this proposal. In fact besides compulsory school the parents should not always take the child’s side before getting the story from the teacher. The teacher don’t get the backing from the parents most of the times and granted there are exceptions.

  2. Susan Moeller-Ludwig
    Jul, 19, 2018

    If we left education of our children in the hands of the parents as to children going to public schools we would have a generation of illiterate children. Parents unless they get training are not usually equip with the knowledge of teaching their children and we think what happens to dropouts of compulsory school. Can you imagine what it would be like with no compulsory school. Our education standing in the world in some important subjects have dropped below the standings we had earlier. I think this person in the Utah legislature has got his head in the sand to even suggested this proposal. In fact besides compulsory school the parents should not always take the child’s side before getting the story from the teacher. The teacher don’t get the backing from the parents most of the times and granted there are exceptions.