This week’s Heartlander is Aaron Osmond, the Utah State Legislator who proposed eliminating compulsory education.
Because, hopefully, it ticked you off. Because, hopefully, when you heard about it, you said to yourself, “Hey, wait a minute. That’s a BAD idea!”
Because you look at the statistics on literacy and educational achievement among the incarcerated and you see why school is important. Because you hear about scandals in standardizing testing programs like in Atlanta and you realize that it is hard. Because Detroit’s been making the news a lot lately and that’s a city with a 47 percent adult illiteracy rate.
But a lot of the time, I don’t think Middle Class America thinks that much about it. The school their kid has is OK. Because they turned out all right. Because it is not them.
Public education isn’t about the people who don’t need it. It isn’t about the kids whose parents have the skills and the time and the patience to homeschool them. It’s about the kids whose parents don’t. Because probably all of us had parents who lacked on some traits, who could not have taught us everything. Because on balance, even if we were at the top of the class on some things, even if we were Einstein being held back by the Masses, we probably learned something in school we would have missed otherwise. And because some people probably wouldn’t get much at all if you left it up to their parents.
To a more level Playing Field, to a little bit of Everything, to an informed Electorate, to Lord help us, a better World. 🙂