House passes bill giving greater autonomy to home-school families

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  • bob smithson salem, OR
    March 12, 2014 3:30 p.m.

    The college instructor, Janet, below shows she believes that all children should be under the control of the State for their teaching, training, and indoctrination. She apparently cannot conceive of real freedom of thought, family life, and diversity of thinking and opinion (even if it means she thinks a person cannot think for himself). The logical conclusion of this college instructor’s thinking is that the State should also control the education of children in Catholic schools, New Age private schools, Muslim schools, Lutheran schools, atheist private schools, and so forth.

    In the end, this college instructor is a statist through-and-through and she believes that the god State is what should and does keep all people in line, thinking correctly, behaving correctly, and living correctly. Read some history and fear people like her. (Also note: she has no empirical evidence to back up her claims and statist philosophy.) Janet should read history and change her statist mind.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 12, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    I think this law needs one amendment, once you start in a home school program you finish. Public education is too often being expected to fix a parents experiment with home school education. Students arrive often times arrive somewhere in the middle school years in public schools and are way behind their peers academically, requiring significant individual time in a class of 30+ students.

    If there are no rules for parents who choose home schooling fine, but don't expect someone to clean up your mess if it doesn't work out.

  • Willem Los Angeles, CA
    March 11, 2014 9:34 p.m.

    I was home schooled it was the most stupid thing my parents ever put me thru.
    First of all my parents were not smart enough they never finished college.
    But the worst thing was when i went into the big wide world i was not ready and smart enough to compete with other worldly coworkers, i was handicapped,too much religion and history and no common sense! My wife insisted that our kids go to public school in LA and finish college (UCLA) they now work in Silicon Valley are happy and making tons of money.

  • Janet Ontario, OR
    March 11, 2014 6:30 p.m.

    Good grief. As a college instructor, I have found previously home-schooled students to be good at taking tests, but often dogmatic and frustrated by diverse viewpoints. Critical thinking is frequently a challenge for them; questioning "teachers" at home would have meant questioning parents! A few have wanted me to change assignments to suit their interests. My colleagues have reported similar experiences with home-schooled students. With no educational requirements for parents to qualify to teach their children, the only thing that has prevented home-schooling from running off the rails has been a set of standards that home-schooled students were required to meet. The Utah House has lost its collective mind.

  • happymomto9 Saratoga Springs, UT
    March 11, 2014 5:58 p.m.

    I love Utah!
    an already great homeschooling state just got better!!!
    as a homeschooling parent, i promise to raise and teach my children in truth and righteousness. and with a well rounded, in depth education!
    thanks for putting your trust in us!