Monday, February 23, 2009

What Prophets have said about Public Schools

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)

Pres. Benson
"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.


Rick Carpenter said...

What a great post! If anyone tries to tell you that you are 'weird' for home schooling, then they must not be able to separate themselves from the 'world'. My children have gone through public schools - not unscathed, I must confess, but my oldest three have made it to the temple. The younger two are still too young to tell but are on the right track. The critics who think it's too high a price for home-schooled children to miss out on the public school social environment are putting too much stock in the value of the world rather than the protective teachings of the prophets. Home-schooled children definitely do miss out on some social experiences, namely social drinking, social drugs, and social diseases. If I had to choose between the two alternatives below: 1) socially naive but very well educated, or 2) socially over-experienced (with all of the possible meanings therin) and hopefully adequately educated - I would opt for number 1. I believe the prophets would unanimously back me on that. Social experience can still be gained, and perhaps more effectively once the extreme peer pressure of jr. high and high school are past. But once innocence is lost by those who are over-experienced, whatever damage is done cannot be undone, and may hurt them throughout their lives.

Heidi you are an example to all of us of enlightened, diligent service. You are amazing. Keep it up, sister!

101 Generations said...

Thanks for reminding me how homeschooling keeps the gospel standards and values in place without the constant pressure of the world bombarding our kids. Not only is the public school curriculum degenerating, but some of the educators are, too (not all, but some). In our neck of the woods, high school is a true battle from day one. We've found an online school where our kids are at home and can discuss with us subjects that would surely take a sour turn in public high school.
Thanks for this great reminder of how important it is to teach our own children. I remember reading these statements before I homeschooled our children; I love to hear from the's really encouraging and comforting.

Jeannetta said...

Thank you for posting this. I wish I could now get my MIL to read your blog! lol Let's just say you shouldn't hold your breath;)
I wish we could get more Saints to understand these words. I think it will be critical in the coming storms.

Heidi A. said...

Thank you all!
Yes, I do believe that times are changing.
Most of us are products of public schools; and we turned out okay. :) But, things are worse for these upcoming generations and we'd do better to not bury our heads in the sand.
I know that MOST people will still continue with public schools. That is just the way that it will be.
Thanks, Rick for the encouragement. You were right on with your assessment about sociality. You're my hero! :)

Kaplan said...

Anyone looking for an alternative homeschool high school curriculum will be happy to hear the state of California now pays for online high school courses. Students go to school from home 100% online and all the curriculum is provided. Here's a short video about Kaplan's online high school program for California students.