State Senator Aaron Osmond raised some eyebrows recently when he called for an end to compulsory education in Utah. Supporters admit it's a radical idea, but say it's necessary to put control of a child's education back where it belongs - in parents' hands. Monday, we're asking some fundamental questions about our education system: What is it for? What do we sacrifice in providing free public education? And finally, what's at stake for the individual and the community if people can choose to dropout?
- Paul Mero, Sutherland Institute, Ditch compulsory education in Utah? Yes! Mero also co-wrote a paper called "Removing Classrooms from the Battlefield: Liberty, Paternalism, and the Redemptive Promise of Educational Choice."
- Historian Tracy Steffes, author of School, Society, and State: A New Education to Govern Modern America, 1890-1940 [Amazon/Indiebound]
- Andrea Rorrer, Utah Education Policy Center