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.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The 5,000 Year Leap

I'm reading a book called The 5,000 Year Leap by Cleon Skousen. I've wanted to read it for several years but didn't have a copy. Last year my daughter's school class read and discussed it.

Last week I heard Glenn Beck recommend it to everyone to read. And, the following day I attended a seminar about the Constitution where the book was being sold for $5.00 so I purchased a copy.

If we are to learn the lessons upon which the founders built this nation -- in order to not repeat mistakes --- we may do well to study these principles.

I've been studying The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson (a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and the thirteenth President (Prophet) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints"). He calls the Constitution "a Heavenly Banner' and one which we must know and understand and defend. He stated "I wonder what our Founding Fathers would do and say about America today if they were here. As they looked searchingly for the answers, they would observe evidence of weak and vacillating leadership in many places, not confined to one group or party. They would find a tendency for men in high places to place political expediency ahead of principle. They would be concerned with the alarming growth of a something-for-nothing philosophy, a failure of people to stand on their own feet. They would find some bad examples by unscrupulous politicians and by delinquent parents, and possibly a weakening of religious training, and the substitution therefore of a faith-destroying materialism."