Monthly Archives: June 2014

Elder Bednar Leads the Way to Restoring Education!!!

I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about strategies our youth are using to deal with the temptations and evils of their public schools, things like finding a hidden moment to listen to scriptures on their phones or hanging out in the Seminary building at lunch to feel safe. Our youth are gasping for air!  When will we get them to safety? For a people in the process of building Zion, a Godless education can not be tolerated.

In Christ’s day, education among His people was religious (see Education in the Bible Dictionary). So it was in early America.  So it was for the Saints under the leadership of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.  In John Taylor’s day the Utah Saints chose “free” government schools, and they did so over the objections and the pleadings of Church leaders.  If we want to build Zion, we must restore religious education,

Joseph Smith’s Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ reconnected the Church to what Christ had established on His earthly mission.  The Restoration also restored forward, taking us to unfamiliar places that were not seen in Christ’s day, such as temple work for our ancestors. If we continue moving forward we may learn things that have been hidden in plain sight and some that only the City of Enoch knew. That path is becoming more clearly marked.

We often hear messages from church leaders that if we teach our children the gospel at home they will survive public schools. Those messages used to bother me because so many don’t survive and those who do survive have been cheated out of a Godly education in American History, Literature, Government, and even Math and Science.  I’m comfortable with that message now because I can see the wisdom in it.  The first and the foundational step toward homeschooling must be a the building of a gospel culture in the home. That culture must go far beyond check-box scripture reading, family prayer, and family night.  The home itself would look and feel like a place where people love to learn.  Family members would become self-directed gospel learners, and the Holy Ghost would become their teacher.

Family-directed religious education might do two things:  First, it will prepare the family for, and lead them into learning together every day, all subjects, at home and/or in places that feel like home.  Youth being taught under the influence of the Holy Ghost will see the difference between being a child of God with the gift of agency and being an object who is acted upon. They will not want to waste their time in anti-God schools and will demand a religious education.  Second, the strength of the families and the power of the Priesthood will be a protection from challenges to religious freedom, religious education, and homeschooling.

Families who are new to homeschooling or who are not feeling successful should consider that the first thing is to strengthen relationships, then faith, and then skills and knowledge.What Elder Bednar teaches about Teaching and Learning points the way for all we do at home, not necessarily by his intention but simply because the same principles he is teaching the church apply to home and family.  A friend pointed me to some outstanding videos, and my grandson taught me how to put them on a YouTube Playlist,  Go to YouTube, then search for Every Home a School, then “Prophets Teach Us How to Learn/Teach/Parent.”  The first video is “The Importance of Teaching in the Gospel, Part 1.”  Following it are 11 short clips, the first five lifted from Part 1 and the other six apparently from a Part 2 which I cannot find. I’ve also added another short clip from Elder Bednar, a story he told in England about a remarkable experience at BYUI.  And then there are three full talks, one from Elder Perry on how his mother made their home a school (my words, not his), and two from members of the Seventy: Elder Lynn Robbins, “What Manner of Men Ought We To Be,” about “becoming” and parenting, and Elder David Stone, “Zion in the Midst of Babylon,” which calls us to examine the influence of culture.If you have read the many pages of text I linked to the Escape Common Core video on the home page of our website, you may remember that I said, with great delight, that the Church is teaching us how to homeschool our children. Elder Bednar is magnificent.  Enjoy!

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Common Core Is Out in Oklahoma and Louisiana! Hurray!

 

Folks in Oklahoma began their celebration cautiously when the state legislature passed a comprehensive bill to opt out of Common Core because they still had to wait for Governor Mary Fallin to sign it. As current Chair of the National Governors’ Assn. that might take some courage. Encouraging emails were sent to her from all  over the country. When she did sign the new Oklahoma law, parents in many state were cheering!  Then South Carolina followed!  Hurray again!  Then yesterday Louisiana. Hurray! Hurray! What will the federal government do now?  Of course Oklahoma must be punished. Remember, Arne Duncan, the federal Secretary of Education, wants schools open “12 hours a day 12 months a year, 6 or 7 days a week,” complete with three meals a day and medical clinics; and he holds the federal purse strings. Please check your Constitution to see what the proper role of the federal government is for education.  

In Louisiana apparently everyone is happy except the State Superintendent of Schools who is outraged.  “We are not willing to subject our children to last minute changes to throw our system into educational chaos,” he said.  Haven’t we all been in chaos all year, especially the children?  Courage everyone.  Hold steady and pray.  This will be a long, ugly battle.  A small part of a few deadly tumors have been removed, but the body is still riddled with cancer.  As long as the federal government is involved and as long age the schools practice compulsion and Godlessness, government education will not improve enough to satisfy the commandment to “trust no one to be your teacher…except he be a man of God, walking in his ways…” (Mosiah 23:14). The bad guys may pull back a little — but then parents will relax and go back to sleep and the evil will increase again.  So has it been from the beginning  

The Gates Foundation, pulling back a little in response to Oklahoma?   Sexualization I said I’d send you the link to the Sexualization Standards that are reported to be implemented in many schools next year, not as stand alone classes but as part of the curriculum.  I’d rather not burden you with this, but here they are: The Standards are blatantly national and are copyrighted by the Future of Sex Education, whoever they are.  Obviously this is a document open to change.  The philosophies of the people who created the document and will be supplying the “skills” and curriculum are not up to LDS standards. The Utah State School Board says they will not adopt the program, but we have no reason to trust them.  Keep a watchful eye on your state, and encourage your friends and neighbors to Escape Common Core through home and private school.