Mandatory education has existed in America since 1890, yet a Republican Senator from Utah, Aaron Osmond thinks it is time to do away with mandatory education completely. Osmond claims that mandatory education has forced school teachers to act as surrogate parents for children, and that the current system allows too many parents to ignore their responsibilities in raising their own children.
In a post on Utah’s Senate blog, Aaron 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”.
Osmond suggests that even if mandatory education is not removed altogether, that individual school districts should be given more freedom regarding how and when schools teach children. Osmond claims that by placing more administrative power at the school-board level, that parents would be encouraged to become active at local school-board meetings.
America is currently none-too-short on programs to disagree about. Form gun control, to abortion, to illegal immigration, there are very few Government systems that most people can agree are a good idea. The education system in America has many problems of its own, but most can agree that “forcing” students to go to school is a pretty solid idea.
While it may be true that parents use schools as a way to outsource their own parenting, isn’t that kind of the point? If education were no longer mandatory, it does not guarantee that the parents Osmond describes would suddenly become super mom and super dad; instead the kid may just receive less parental guidance than ever.
What do you think? Should more power be given to school boards to teach children however they see fit? Or do you think we should we do away with mandatory education all together? If you’re a parent, would less school for your child force you to be a better parent? Let us know.