You’ve Got to be Kidding!?

simpsons_edprioritiesApparently, Aaron Osmond, Utah State Senator has the nerve to try to end mandatory education in his state. C’mon! Realistically, how is that supposed to work? And MORE importantly why would you be so greedy to deprive children of such a gift and the right to enrich themselves so they can make something of their lives.

It is attitudes like Osmond’s that seep throughout all levels of education and create the impression that the education of our future generations should be equated to soiled toilet paper ready to be flushed, ignored, unimportant, and abused. No wonder our students are being treated so poorly. In terms of the student debt crisis even banks are treated more fairly and with more dignity than students. 

Osmond has the gall to basically spit on the roll of our magnificent educators.  “The Huffington Post” reported that Osmond’s blog said “…mandatory education in the state has forced teachers and schools to take on parenting responsibilities.” It appears as if Osmond has not heard of the concept “It takes a village to raise a child.” Schools do not replace parents and families; Schools compliment and support families. School is a place to provide additional role models for our children.

Schools are a key piece of the loving community that helps care for, inspire, and nurture our children.  Everyone has the same goals, because when our children succeed, we all succeed. We all want them to have the best lives in the now and for their futures. I have worked with children for over 10 years. I can tell you from personal experiences and from my peers who work with children, and from the vast amount of teachers and educators of all sorts I have spoken with; that one of the best parts of teaching is that moment the child grasps the concept and puts it into action with the greatest grin of glee on their face.

Parents need to work to provide for their families. Not all can just drop everything or afford to learn how to be the most effective full-time home-school academic teacher that will be recognized as effective. People devote their lives and education to provide the best learning experiences and environments for our children. Yes, parents do teach their children a great many things, but not in the same capacity as school teachers.

AND schools work extremely hard to engage parents and the community all the time. We should not underestimate the passion of Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), parent volunteers, community organizations like Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and all the concerned parents and citizens who show up to Board of Education Meetings. In addition to their proactive outreach, they take into consideration unlike Osmond the economic climate we have been experiencing. Many parents have 2-3 jobs and are lucky if they can help their child with homework or put them to bed at night. Schools, teachers, after school programs, etc… are key and are the soul of ensuring our children grow up in a safe and enriching environment with their peers, are healthy, and have all the skills they need to face the world.

Of course, Osmond’s blog delved even further into the gross void that unduly demeans our education system: “…our teachers and schools have been forced to become surrogate parents, expected to do everything from behavioral counseling, to providing adequate nutrition, to teaching sex education, as well as ensuring full college and career readiness.” No one is forcing our teachers to do anything. Teachers want to help, not only is it their job, it is their desire. Osmond’s statements seem to be designed to have schools helpless. Are you kidding me!? One of my favorite quotes from The West Wing is that “Schools should be palaces…” It is fantastic that schools are providing these services. Not only should schools continue, but they should be doing even more. 

Since apparently Osmond thinks education should be reduced...

Since apparently Osmond thinks education should be reduced…

I can’t believe he attacked the nutrition programs! I was one of those children who benefited. Some children may not have been able to have as good of a lunch for whatever reason and nutrition is key in development and learning. Yes, it would be great if all parents could provide their children everything along with the everything that schools can offer, but that is not how the world works. So we should not just say to bad and let the child suffer. No way! We should commend, award, and have standing ovations who are making our world a better place one child at a time. 😀

This should not be a discussion about removing mandatory education, but should rather be a discussion presenting the proposal to ensure education by securing as a Constitutionally protected right, if not also equally protected at the state level. Even the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” recognizes education as a human right. Whether you are a fan of public, private, charter, home, internet, etc… in the end the mandatory providence is what counts, because the children deserve it. Denying them this precious right is as if you are persecuting them because they cannot vote yet, stamping on dreams yet to be formed, enacting a form of oppression; and suffocating future opportunity.  And under any circumstance, students 100% have the right to an equal education and equal access to education.

Throughout history education has been a consistent factor in making people’s lives better. Those who have not been educated are usually left ignorant, in the dark, and have little to no means to move forward with their lives. Education exposes our youth to the wonders of the world. For example, one of the key skills children learn through the current education system (mandatory K-most of high school) is how to read – which is used for everything. Reading because of our education system acts like a passport to the child, opportunities galore, and brings immense joy and open discussions and new horizons we can and have yet to imagine.

The only good things that appear to have come from Osmond are his call for [even] more participation among parents and for there to be greater funding for education.

Apparently, Aaron Osmond, Utah State Senator has the nerve to try to end mandatory education in his state. C’mon! Realistically, how is that supposed to work? And MORE importantly why would you be so greedy to deprive children of such a gift and the right to enrich themselves so they can make something of their lives.

It is attitudes like Osmond’s that seep throughout all levels of education and create the impression that the education of our future generations should be equated to soiled toilet paper ready to be flushed, ignored, unimportant, and abused. No wonder our students are being treated so poorly. In terms of the student debt crisis even banks are treated more fairly and with more dignity than students. 

Osmond has the gall to basically spit on the roll of our magnificent educators.  “The Huffington Post” reported that Osmond’s blog said “…mandatory education in the state has forced teachers and schools to take on parenting responsibilities.” It appears as if Osmond has not heard of the concept “It takes a village to raise a child.” Schools do not replace parents and families; Schools compliment and support families. School is a place to provide additional role models for our children.

Schools are a key piece of the loving community that helps care for, inspire, and nurture our children.  Everyone has the same goals, because when our children succeed, we all succeed. We all want them to have the best lives in the now and for their futures. I have worked with children for over 10 years. I can tell you from personal experiences and from my peers who work with children, and from the vast amount of teachers and educators of all sorts I have spoken with; that one of the best parts of teaching is that moment the child grasps the concept and puts it into action with the greatest grin of glee on their face.

Parents need to work to provide for their families. Not all can just drop everything or afford to learn how to be the most effective full-time home-school academic teacher that will be recognized as effective. People devote their lives and education to provide the best learning experiences and environments for our children. Yes, parents do teach their children a great many things, but not in the same capacity as school teachers.

AND schools work extremely hard to engage parents and the community all the time. We should not underestimate the passion of Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), parent volunteers, community organizations like Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and all the concerned parents and citizens who show up to Board of Education Meetings. In addition to their proactive outreach, they take into consideration unlike Osmond the economic climate we have been experiencing. Many parents have 2-3 jobs and are lucky if they can help their child with homework or put them to bed at night. Schools, teachers, after school programs, etc… are key and are the soul of ensuring our children grow up in a safe and enriching environment with their peers, are healthy, and have all the skills they need to face the world.

Of course, Osmond’s blog delved even further into the gross void that unduly demeans our education system: “…our teachers and schools have been forced to become surrogate parents, expected to do everything from behavioral counseling, to providing adequate nutrition, to teaching sex education, as well as ensuring full college and career readiness.” No one is forcing our teachers to do anything. Teachers want to help, not only is it their job, it is their desire. Osmond’s statements seem to be designed to have schools helpless. Are you kidding me!? One of my favorite quotes from The West Wing is that “Schools should be palaces…” It is fantastic that schools are providing these services. Not only should schools continue, but they should be doing even more. I can’t believe he attacked the nutrition programs! I was one of those children who benefited. Some children may not have been able to have as good of a lunch for whatever reason and nutrition is key in development and learning. Yes, it would be great if all parents could provide their children everything along with the everything that schools can offer, but that is not how the world works. So we should not just say to bad and let the child suffer. No way! We should commend, award, and have standing ovations who are making our world a better place one child at a time. 😀

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Posted on July 23, 2013, in Education, Education Policy, Right to Education, Student Liberty, Student Rights and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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