A Republican lawmaker in Utah outlined a proposal last week to abolish compulsory education in the state.
State Sen. Aaron Osmond (R) argued that certain “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,” he wrote in a post on the state senate’s blog.
Osmond told the Deseret News that he wants the public to view education as an opportunity rather than a requirement.
“Let’s let them choose it, let’s not force them to do it,” Osmond said.
This is such an unbelievably bone-headed idea, Stacy Campfield must be kicking himself for not thinking of it first.
And yes, Osmond is related to “those” Osmonds. His father was one of the “unsung” Osmond brothers. Now we know why.
While I appreciate that Osmond seems to at least recognize an important issue faced by educators, I’m not sure how ending mandatory education is supposed to solve the problem. I don’t see how not educating the state’s kids serves the needs of the state or of the country as a whole. And I really don’t get how you go from Point A (teachers and schools are having to act as surrogate parents) to Point B (maybe those kids’ parents just don’t want them in school).
I repeat: Huh?
This, my friends, is the utterly predictable place where Teapublican logic leads. Instead of addressing the hard issues, let’s just continue to punish those suffering from said problems while pretending ignorance and illiteracy are virtues.
You know, this country has always been a diverse place, but I remember when there were at least some things on which we could all agree. And one of those things was that education was good. The highest hope parents had for their kids was that they’d get a college education. If you were the first in your family to graduate high school or to get a college degree, this was a good thing. You were proud of it.
WTF, America? Is this what we have to thank for 30 years of conservative talk radio and phony populism?
From the Deseret News link:
Utah’s public education system is currently the lowest-funded in the nation in terms of per-pupil spending.
Looks like Utah lawmakers have already made that choice for the state’s kids. This also explains how someone like Osmond got elected to the state senate in the first place.
Here’s a question: if your own damn legislature doesn’t value education, why the hell do you think your citizens should?