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Published: Friday, Feb. 14 2014 11:35 a.m. MST

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Vernal, UT


While I see the good intentions behind what you say, you and I will never agree on this. To give the state that kind of power over people is immoral. To expect people to prove their good intentions, the guilty-until-proven-innocent approach, is dangerous and authoritarian. Wanting to educate one's own children is not a crime, and these parents should not be treated as though they have some criminal intent when none has been indicated. You talk about standards, I talk about rights. I'm afraid this libertarian/conservative will never be persuaded that "society" should have any say in how parents raise their kids, unless it is believed the children are in imminent danger (btw, publicly schooled kids are something like 1500% more likely to be abused than those who are homeschooled. I'll have to find that stat again.). The debate about whether that imminent danger includes the supposed danger of not meeting society's expectations is another where you and I would not likely agree. Studies show that homeschooled kids do just fine, and pulling out the failures to illustrate how we should punish the whole homeschooling community is irresponsible fear-mongering.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT


Finally... someone with sense!

The state simply shouldn't be in the business of "requiring" education standards. They enforce the unenforceable on those who don't benefit by it and those who do alike.

My college experience:

A newer edition book was required for a class, which cost $200 instead of a used old edition for $50. This new edition had a new introduction, 2 pages, that basically just said "Obama is now our president". The editions were otherwise identical.

I've taken unnecessary classes, bought unnecessary books, and spent more time learning things that didn't help me in school than not. Homeschooling has different symptoms, but of the same problem. Unrealistic requirements on time spent, lesson material, and testing methods are futile at best.

We shouldn't treat children like robots, but like children.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Why don't we interview people in the trenches who must deal with home schooled kids all the time?

As someone married to an educator I am aware that:

Home schooled kids are the most entitled around. They demand our materials, participate in our plays and choirs, and play sports but feel exempt to pay even a dime because they're "home schooled."

Often, they are socially retarded from being stuck at home all the time. Sometimes their parents do a good job while the majority do not. Meanwhile, my wife gets graded by our state legislature whether these home schooled kids deliver! If they don't, then it's her fault.

It's such a silly concept, home schooling. It's as if it's a hold over from the 18th century. Apparently fear and paranoia about public schooling is still alive here in utah.

Mcallen, TX

When a person looks at the:

* welfare state,-half our people can't feed themselves
* high unemployment
* billions spent on education per year
* national debt

You start to wonder. How can homeschooling be any worse.

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