The Utah Legislature recently visited our town and noted that "smaller class sizes show `significant benefit' in young grades."
Parents who home school - the ultimate in small class size - see that their children also benefit from the close relationship and the relaxed atmosphere of the home. Dr. Raymond Moore, whose book "School Can Wait" was published by BYU, says that children learn best from "warm responsive parents who know their children's interests." He says, "In addition to our basic research at Stanford and the University of Colorado Medical School, we analyzed over 8,000 studies of children's senses, brain, cognition, socialization, etc., and are certain that no replicable evidence exists for rushing children into formal study at home or school before 8 or 10."The legislators lamented that they don't know if small classes benefit third graders and up because we have no small classes for them. The legislators may be unsure, but every mom knows that she wants her children taught in small groups. If more moms would home school, there would be more small classes in the public schools, and all of Utah's children would benefit.
Home schooling is a great choice for moms who just like being with their children. If they follow Raymond Moore's advice, they will find it easy and rewarding - a warm, cuddly experience.