How to raise smart children in the wrong zip code

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    June 7, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    To "Really???" actually, the majority of school kids would be better served by being home schooled. Think of it this way. Would you learn more if you were taught by a good teacher in a class with 30 kids of various levels, or by a good teacher in a 1 on 1 environment?

    Outside of a yearbook, what prevents a homeschooled child rom participating in music, dance, art, drama, journalism, or sports?

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    June 7, 2013 7:07 a.m.

    I have a radical idea: how about getting involved in your local school--even though you live in the "wrong ZIP code?" While the ideas suggested in the article may work for the few fringe students, the majority of school students still are best served by their traditional, public-school classrooms. Allow your children to get involved in as many extra-curricular activities as they show interest, but let them choose those activities. Real data shows that the top performing students are often involved in a variety of extra activities like music, dance, art, drama, journalism, yearbook, and sports.

    There are merits to alternative schooling for kids, but nothing can provide a the well-rounded educational experience that a public or well-funded private school provides. I am tired of money being spent to find a solution to our educational problems. Your child's educational success is when you find ways to get that child involved and engaged in the school, and you volunteer where you can.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    June 6, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    The state could save a lot of money if home schooling was encouraged by providing parents a stipend of about half of what the public schools receive per student. There are excellent on line educational programs that help the student get a much better education than that provided in public schools with 30+ students in the class. It is a win/win--a superior education at about half the cost.