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July 7, 2022

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Ken ButlerJanuary 22, 2021

The pendulum of thought swings right then left. Rarely does it stop in the middle. But we should work to see that it does. It helps to ask about policies or proposals this question. Is this ok, or is it discrimination in reverse?

AngieJanuary 22, 2021

Thank you for putting this down in writing, powerful ideologies that need to be made aware. Also enjoyed the comment by ‘Shauna’- spoken like someone with first hand experience.

N. AndertonJanuary 21, 2021

I consider myself a fairly educated person, having a politacal science degree from BYU with a 3.9 GPA, an avid reader and a life-long desire to always expanding my learning - and yet I could not understand most of what was said in this article! I am 76 years old, and perhaps I have just not kept up with the changing language of the times? It would help if you could remember the broad background of your audience so the average Latter-day Saint member could relate these important concepts in a manner that we could help! I do believe we need to all we can to teach our children at home as much as possible - it was newrly impossible when my children were growing up and often illegal unless you had a teaching certificate - but it seems quite common now in some of the wards I have lived in where parents band together so they can contribute their different areas of expertise and the students can have the socialization that was often lacking in the earlier home-schooling period. If you have followed some of the more radical political goals of the newly-elected administration, they propose it being illegal to have private schools or for any chile to not attend their public schools, and their curriculum will include de-programming. It will be more important than ever to know what the children are being taught in school and to counteract by whatever means feasible outside of a possibly forced school setting. And pray a lot for the Lord's assistance!

ShaunaJanuary 21, 2021

Thanks for the heads up. I grew up in Illinois and am currently living in Utah, where some of these same issues are surfacing in my school District and I'm alarmed to say the least. I studied these theories as a Ph. D candidate in the late 90'--they are ideas and philosophies--theories, full of academic speak. But to see that they are now becoming public policy has been surreal to me. Make no mistake about it-- this is a zero sum game narrative, complete with "villains, " and "heroes," There is no attempt for reconciliation or harmony. Influenced by Marxist theory, there is the Bourgeoisie or the ruling class and the Proletartiat or the working class--the aim is simply inverting those 2 groups. Feminist, racial and gay studies and theory also each have a 'winner' and a loser: women over men, black or color over white, homosexual over heterosexual and eventually the complete dismantling of gender, positing that all of these categories are "socially" constructed. It is a lie that these are attempts to promote "equality" or "equity" in our society--the narrative is based on a power struggle framework and seeks to take power from one group and give it to another. We desperately need alternate ways of thinking to this dogma. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I am seeking ideas that promote "unity amid diversity." --not diversity over unity

Elaine LaytonJanuary 21, 2021

I am old and I do not remember the prophet who said this, however I remember it very clearly. He said: The day will come when it will be necessary to teach your children at home. This is not an actual quote but how I remember it. I don't believe this was meaning the time of COVID 19. I did at one time teach one of my children from home for a few years. I ordered what I felt like were good books and taught from them. It was a positive experience for both me and the child.

SteveJanuary 21, 2021

As an independent with moderate leanings to the right, I am a bit concerned by the force of your arguments. Surely you recognize that bias and racism exist in our society; and that we need to strive towards the constitutional ideal of "all men are created equal." Obviously we are not there yet in "racism, sexism, homophobia, unearned privilege, Eurocentrism.” While I do not advocate dire mechanisms to get there, I firmly believe that, as God's children, we desire to improve in these areas. We should be involved in offering alternatives that lead us in the right direction without being radical. I don't know how to make progress on systemic racism without some work toward addressing: "The new Illinois standards also mandate that teachers embrace ideas like 'systemic racism'.” Please offer ideas on what we can do effectively without becoming radical on either side. Thanks.

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