Summarized by Kent Larsen
Home Educators Share Ideas at Convention
Salt Lake Tribune 11Jun00 D4
By Tony Yapias: Special to the Tribune
PROVO, UTAH -- More than 2,000 people participated in the 20th annual
Utah Home Education Association convention at BYU over the weekend.
Also at the convention were more than 80 vendors providing all kinds
of educational materials. Most of the sessions were designed for LDS
Church members that are home-schooling their children.
Brian Smith, chairman of the UHEA, estimates that 25,000 to 30,000
children in Utah are schooled at home. He also says that the practice
is growing, "I hope that in the future we can be better organized and
get better resources to reach out and portray home schooling as a
very viable alternative to public and private education."
In spite of the association's orientation to Utah, attendees came
from as far away as Washington state, Florida and Canada, many of
them LDS Church members looking for ideas and products aimed at
Church members. The reasons for parent's interest in home schooling
their children vary from concerns over the academic progress of their
children to concerns that their children get theological teachings.