Singer-Swapp siege a turning point in Utah home school policies, practices and attitudes

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  • FelisConcolor North Salt Lake, UT
    July 14, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    Irony Guy:

    Parents are not allowed to "neglect" their children's education by homeschooling them, but the state is free to do so by forcing them to attend sub-standard public schools?

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    July 14, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    I know of so many home schooled children who are doing well. They are avoiding the horrible conditions that exist in so many of our public schools. If home schooling were encouraged by offering a stipend (of about 1/2 of what the public schools get) to the parents to any home schooled child, it would be a great win/win--better educated kids for significantly less cost. This stipend would need to be accompanied by a "trust but verify" philosophy but it could work. I wonder if a couple of districts could try this out on an experimental basis.

  • R2D2 springville, UT
    July 14, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    There are always those who criticize homeschoolers and think they are weird. I wonder what they will think when ALL kids do some amount of "learning at home" through online courses, as will be the case within the next decade. I think we are moving towards more of a hybrid model, where all kids will take at least one or two classes at home online to meet their needs/interests.

    When all are homeschoolers to some degree, will it still be weird?

  • OKWalker Duncan, OK
    July 14, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    Can't resist commenting. Three cheers to Utah for opening public school programs to home schooling families

    We home schooled our children for 25 years. Key benefits: 1. Kids learn how to learn on their own and teach themselves, 2. Kids become vertically socialized which is much more like real life, rather than horizontally socialized among the peer group, and 3. Parents can teach spiritual realities along with secular subjects. As a result, children mature better, relate to adults and younger children better and overall are much more prepared for life.

    There are many other benefits for family life. Time together is just one.

    Scorecard: 1 in Med school. 1 Army officer. A counselor for troubled youth. Multiple scholarships.

    The downside. We now have a cohort of children who think they know, and in many cases do know, more than their parents. (But they are also astute enough to realize their parents are also still learning).

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 13, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    Parents do not own their children. Parents are not free to abuse or neglect them, and parental abuse/neglect can easily take the form of "home schooling."

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    July 13, 2013 10:15 p.m.

    I do believe that homeschooling can work it sounds like these parents are on the ball and doing a good job, but I know far too many home schooled kids who are being educationally neglected to the detriment of society and taxpayers. I can't tell you about how many kids that I know that have been "home-schooled" just so they can babysit their younger siblings all day long (a problem in Utah County). I know of an eight year old who still cannot read and write because he was enrolled in an online charter school that obviously isn't required to show accountability. I don't mind schooling choices but we erroneously rely on trust rather than accountability measures. As Ronald Reagan used to say "trust, but verify" and I think that fits the "schooling choice" phenomenon as well.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 13, 2013 10:05 p.m.

    Most (real) school teachers and most home schooling parent do a good job. A few in both categories are not good at teaching.

    However, it is the parents right and responsibility to educate their children as THEY see fit. Regardless of what the teachers' union might think, or the neighbors, or a specific church.

    Bravo to all the parents who make the commitment and do home schooling, and produce well educated children who will be successful in life. In general, they will also be more freedom loving, and resistant to the nanny state diktats of those who insist their policies must be followed.

    Freedom has many rewards, and many risks.