Pres. Boyd K. Packer (to BYU College of Education)
"In many places it is literally not safe physically for youngsters to go to school. And in many schools --- and it is almost becoming generally true -- it is spiritually unsafe to attend public schools." Oct. 9, 1996
Pres. Ezra Taft Benson
"The tenth plank of Karl Marx's Manifesto for destroying our kind of civilization advocated the establishment of 'free education for all children in public schools.' There were several reasons why Marx wanted government to run the schools ..... one of them [was that] 'it is capable of exact demonstration that if every party in the State has the right of excluding from public schools what-ever he does not believe to be true, then he that believes most must give way to him that believes least, and then he that believes least must give way to him that believes absolutely nothing, no matter in how small a minority the athiests and agnostics may be."
(Dec. 1970 Improvement Era)
"It is self-evident that on this scheme, if it is consistently and persistently carried out in all parts of the country, the United States system of popular education will be the most efficient and widespread instrument for the propogation of atheism which the world has ever seen."
(Dec. 1970 Improvement Era)
Pres. Wilford Woodruff (He inaugurated the private school system of the LDS church in 1888.) Rather than dividing the secular from spiritual as other schools did, he instructed the Saints that the Gospel of Jesus Christ should act as a thread running through the entire curriculum. Issuing a proclamation to the Latter-day Saints, he wrote:
"Religious training is practically excluded from the [public] schools. The perusal of books that we value as divine records is forbidden. Our children, if left to the training they receive in these schools, will grow up entirely ignorant of those principles of salvation for which the Latter-Day Saints have made so many sacrifices. To permit this condition of things to exist among us would be criminal. The desire is universally expressed by all thinking people in the Church that we should have schools where the Bible, the Book of Mormon and the Book of Doctrine and Covenants can be used as text books, and where the principles of our religion may form a part of the teaching of the schools." (curricular letter to Stake Presidents, June 8, 1888)
"Latter-day Saint education was meant to be a complete exposure to truth; a much different approach than that offered through state sponsorship."
"Curriculum is limited by those who determine the curriculum -- which is geared toward testing -- which is determined by those who draft national and standardized tests -- who are aligned with the tax-exempt foundations -- which are controlled by the international banking establishment."
"Brigham Young and the early prophets spoke out in favor of a church-controlled private school system."
All quotes taken from book Awakening to our Awful Situation; by Jack Monnett, PhD.