SALT LAKE CITY – One Utah state lawmaker is proposing an end to the law that requires parents to put their children in school, and he said lifting the rule would actually improve learning.
Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-District 10, said education is a parent’s primary responsibility, not the state’s.
He said requiring parents to put their children in school has made many of them disengaged, and he said he believes teachers aren’t empowered to deal with disciplinary problems and academic issues.
“They can’t seem to engage or have the authority or the respect that they deserve as educators because they are viewed as, ‘Hey, you guys have to take my kids. You are required to take my kids. You deal with my kids’ problems,’” he said.
Osmond said he is working on a bill that would eliminate compulsory education and let parents choose whether to educate kids. He said he believes the impact would be more positive than some might think.
“I don’t see parents disengaging from education completely and saying, ‘I’m not going to send them,’” he said. “But they are going to rethink this now. ‘Oh, I have to enroll my kid in school. I’m accountable for what my kid does while they are in school. It’s important to me now what their academic performance is because they could be held-back.’”