March 24, 2023

707: How the COVID Pandemic EXPOSED our Broken Education System

@jengland1226 on Empowering Parents by Taking Control of Education

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Are you tired of feeling like you have no control over your child's education? Have you ever wanted to take a more active role in what your child learns, but felt like you didn't have the resources to do so? Well, you're not alone. Many parents have felt the same way, and that's why on this episode of The Brian Nichols Show, Briansat down with Jon England, an education policy worker at the Libertas Institute, to discuss how to give parents more control when it comes to the public education system.

Jon England knows a thing or two about education. He was a teacher and principal in the public school system for 14 years before shifting his focus to empowering parents. During their conversation, Jonexplained how the COVID pandemic revealed the amount of coursework children were doing, and how it gave parents a chance to see what their children were learning (or not learning). This realization has caused parents to become more involved in their child's education, and Jonencourages parents to take advantage of the resources available to them.

One of those resources is the Utah Fits All Scholarship, which Jon discussed on the show. This scholarship allows parents to choose how their child is educated by giving them state funding that can be used for private school tuition, tutors, micro schools, curriculum at home, and other expenses. This gives parents the power to be the consumer rather than just a passive receiver of education. Brianeven reflected on his own experience, where his mother took him to kindergarten orientation, and how it emphasized the importance of parents having more control over their child's education.

Parents have also discovered that homeschooling can be more beneficial for their children, as it takes less time and allows them to build stronger relationships with their kids. The pandemic has forced parents to become more involved in their children's education, as they discover the benefits of homeschooling and the issues present in public schools. In Utah, parents have even fought against mask mandates when returning to school due to the pandemic, which has caused them to delve further into what is happening in the school system.

So, if you're a parent who wants more control over your child's education, then this is the episode for you. Jon England and Brian Nichols discuss the resources available to parents, the benefits of homeschooling, and how the pandemic has forced parents to become more involved in their children's education. It's time for parents to take an active role in their child's education and give them the best chance for success. Don't miss this episode of The Brian Nichols Show.


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Jon England

Education Policy Analyst

Jon is the Education Policy Analyst at Libertas Institute. He is a fourteen-year veteran of public schools. He taught both fifth and sixth grades, receiving Weber District’s E+ Team Award. He proudly homeschools his children with his wife.

Jon received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Governors University. He spent time in the Marine Corps and separated as a sergeant in 2006.

During his time in public schools, Jon increasingly understood the importance of parental empowerment in education. This increased understanding led him to join Libertas to provide educational freedom for families. Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and five children traveling, skiing, and playing games.