Published: Saturday, Oct. 13 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
So what you envision is a group of home schoolers getting together, forming a co
op, maybe buying a building down the road, picking up students as time goes on.
Parents, most of whom don't have the time to become full time educators
because they're working, would contribute financially to this educational
enterprise. Remuneration could be paid to those who put the most time into the
educational process. And you'd have come a long way back to where we are
now. Everything you want can be achieved with what we already have. If you want
to improve it, work with it.
Yes, the Heartland Institute. The same organization that gave us the
teacher-bashing films "Waiting for Superman" and "Won't Back
Down." The same organization that denies global warming, says that
cigarette advertising does not target young people, that second-hand smoke is
harmless, and whose leaked internal memo supports efforts "dissuading
teachers from teaching science."
The unspoken premise behind all these proposals is that teachers don't
actually do a very good job, could be eliminated, and should certainly never be
trusted. How about instead of we actually listen to teachers, and pay attention
to their recommendations. For starters, eliminate all standardized tests K-12.
Teaching to the test is never a good idea. Or, here's a thought, pay
Schools won't improve in Utah if the legislature has anything to say about
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