My purpose in writing this letter is to let the Nebo School Board, along with Scott Bean, state superintendent of Utah Schools, know that they are not "pulling the wool" over the eyes of concerned parents.
We are aware of the national Outcome-Based Education Program and its agenda to make students "dependent" on their peers (or teachers) to make decisions for them, train a compliant work force, etc. Our school board has been sucked into this agenda because of greed for federal money.According to John Gatto, New York City Teacher of the Year in 1990, the things that are killing our nation are drugs, brainless competition, recreational sex, the pornography of violence, gambling, alcohol and lives devoted to "buying things." All these addictions are symptoms of dependent personalities. Dependent personalities are largely promoted through television and public schooling, which was designed by Horace Mann, a socialist, to promote the "scientific management of a mass population."
What a child really needs is time (contrast this with Scott Bean's newest idea for increasing the time spent in school): to think, interact with family, practice affection, participate in real work, real charity, real adventures, etc.
If all of the social engineering, psychology, personality tests and opinionaires were removed from the schools, there would be plenty of time to really teach the basics.
As parents, we must do what is best for our "individual" children. If removing them from public school is necessary for their well-being, do it until another alternative is available.