State Senator Aaron Osmond recently argued that teachers are being forced to become surrogate parents, expected to do everything from behavioral counseling to providing adequate nutrition, to teaching sex education and that some parents act as if the responsibility to educate, and even care for their child, is primarily the responsibility of the public school system. He is proposing that we end compulsory education in Utah. We’ll get reaction from Lily Eskelsen Garcia, former Utah teacher and current National Education Association Vice President.
We’ll also talk about what’s working and what’s not in K-12 public schools. Our guest in the second half of the program is Ray Reutzel, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Early Childhood Center in the USU Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. This is the first of a three-part series on K-12 education in Utah. Parts two and three will follow in the next two weeks and will cover private, charter, & online schools; and innovations in education.