Lehi Elementary Smitten by Socialism

Still think John Goodlad isn’t having a negative influence in Alpine School District? Schools are sending his socialist propaganda home in newsletters. John Goodlad is a John Dewey disciple and award winner. Dewey was one of the original signatories of the Humanist Manifesto and both these men have an agenda to embed the principles of socialism in our schools. When challenged, the principal and PTA president just brush it off and dismiss it as no big deal. Isn’t it?

Read what one parent wrote after receiving this school newsletter:

 

In February, my kindergartner came home with the monthly PTA newsletter, and every month, as usual, the Principal writes a few encouraging words to all students and parents of the school.  As I read the second paragraph-I was alarmed by this statement “John Dewey, a respected educator said:  ‘What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all of its children.  Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy.‘”
Lehi Elementary School Newsletter - John Dewey Quote
My heart sank, and quickly I went to the school.  Newsletter in hand, I asked the Principal why she decided to put a quote from John Dewey in the newsletter.  I told her it was wrong to put any of John’s philosophies in a school newsletter.  Dewey is not a respected educator; he is a socialist progressive.  She informed me that it was only an innocent quote she happened to stumble upon and she thought it sounded nice.  She ‘respects’ John Dewey; it’s just my ‘opinion’ that he’s not respected.  She told me that next time, she’ll take out the ‘respected educator’ part.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, so that evening I called the PTA President.  I told her that the PTA newsletter was very controversial.  She knew exactly which part it was and immediately sided with the Principal.  She told me (laughing) that there are much bigger problems in this world to be worried about, and that this is not a Big Deal. I told her that my children’s educations are a huge deal.  “Yes, but Liz, I know all about John Dewey, and actually I admire him, and the things he says,” she said.  “We shouldn’t be worrying about these little things, and I hope this won’t keep you away from helping the PTA,” she said.  It certainly does, and I will never ignore the goings on in our community, especially the educational system.  I will always stand up for what is right, even if it means noticing something so ‘small’.

After playing phone tag with the District Leader of our school, I ran into her in the Lehi Elementary School Library as I was checking out the patriotic section.  She immediately asked me if I was part of the ‘Radical’ group in Alpine (I wasn’t at the time, but after our little conversation I asked around and found them and  signed their petition).  After some back and forth conversation, she asked me several times what can she possibly do to help the situation.  I told her about the newsletter, concerned parents, and teaching the 3 R’s, so on… She said she would ‘talk’ to the Principal and that “Wow! I didn’t even think that anyone ever read the front page of the newsletter! (Laughing) Oh, but I’m not saying that you’re dumb or anything like that.”

She asked me what part of the quote was so controversial.  I told her it was the Democracy part.  So she so kindly explained to me what Democracy was.  I asked her straight out if she incorporates Goodlad’s theories into our school.  It was all just a confusing blur after that as she proceeded to tiptoe around that question and squirmed in her chair.  I was treated like a dumb, ‘how dare you’ person.  Since then, I have informed friends, neighbors and family what is going on.

Liz Kuhni
Lehi, Utah

(Here’s the full page if you want to view it)

Full Lehi Elementary Newsletter Page

11 Responses to “Lehi Elementary Smitten by Socialism”

  • Melissa:

    Bravo, Liz!

  • BuffySnell:

    Go Liz! Thanks for noticing the “little” things. They are changing our country one word at a time.

  • Eatontherun:

    The amazing thing is the ignorance of educators, coupled with elitist arrogance.

  • Skperry:

    What don’t you like about the quote–you never say specifically. Are you saying you do *not* want for all the kids in the district the same educational opportunities you want for your own child?

  • Are you saying you don’t want everyone to have the same health care coverage as you want for your child? Should this be the “want of the community?” Our education system is socialist by nature. It’s the great leveler. We hold back the geniuses and suppress the masses so “no child is left behind.”

    Now that said, of course I want every child to succeed to the fullest of his/her potential, but not everyone has the same potential. Dewey, a progressive, socialist, humanist, atheist, isn’t talking about equal opportunities. He’s saying everyone should be equal or else it will destroy his socialist utopia he and the progressives call democracy. It’s not fair (in his view) if we act as though some might advance beyond others.

  • Getgungho:

    Good Job Liz you are not alone by any means! We have been and will continue the fight to preserve that which is true and just. Here is the two pronged approach to conversing with socialists and socialism minded folks. 1. With FACTS as you did; for socialsits will degrade and fault find. 2. With LOVE AND RESPECT; for they will only through more degrading and hateful things at you even if they say it with a kind and friendly voice. It makes me il when someone uses those tactics but I find that I must counter the attack the way I was raise to respect others no matter what. Well Done!

  • Getgungho:

    Elitist arrogance is un understatement. My wife and i have been dealing with this tactic for several years with the schools our children attend. I am not sure what fosters this mentality….

  • Getgungho:

    Oak I find it ironic that the socialist agenda touts individualism but with this statement from Dewey it is quite clear that uniqueness is not what they want. Sheared sheeple.

  • Tim:

    Isn’t interesting that the Principal just “stumbled” upon. I hardly believe that.

  • Ancthomson:

    “True Democracy fundamentally embraces freedom, diversity, equality and education for everyone as we learn our life lessons. Its principles are cosmically universal and support the comprehensive health of the citizens of our planet in all its many diverse nations and cultures. There is no division as it recognizes the indivisibility within the Creator as this indivisibility is given and exists within every individual. True democracy never attempts to control or stop the infinite motion of healthy change and exchange. It calls forth both the diversity and indivisibility from every one of us. Each of us as citizens of planet Earth, cannot fall into the trap of saying, “everyone abandon their wisdom and listen only to my way of learning life’s lessons or my way of worshipping the Creator.” These are forms of terrorism and idolatry. They are the antithesis of democracy, education, human nature, and Creation itself.” from: http://www.drpokea.com/lightdemocracy.html

  • Sisclements:

    My kindergartener came home with a newsletter today on “Class Placement Considerations.” At the bottom it says “Thank you, Mountain Trails Elementary” so I do not know who exactly put the newsletter together, although it does mention our School Community Council and the following quote that was discussed at their last meeting: “That which the best and wisest parent wants for his student is what the community must want for all of its students.” Sound familiar?

    Here is what I am considering as a reply to the newsletter:

    Dear Mr. Turner,

    I was puzzled by the use of a quote in the newsletter I received on next year’s class placement considerations: “That which the best and wisest parent wants for his student is what the community must want for all of its students.”

    Truly the best and wisest parent would not want this. They would recongize that other children have unique needs that their children do not. The thing I have felt honored most is the unique ability that you and the faculty have at Mountain Trails, to address the children’s individuals needs, to rise above what my children experienced the last year in their previous school–being treated as if what was wanted for one student must be wanted for all. The victims were therefore more often treated the same as the bullies and respect for each other as a student body and the faculty decreased throughout that school year.

    It may not be easy, but each of my child’s teachers have been able to help those who are gifted in their classrooms excel beyond where they were. Equally, as I have been involved in testing their reading, I have seen the children behind gain great strides in part because of the excellent teacher effort given to them, clearly what they needed was different than what others needed.

    With that thought, it is clear that the sincere efforts of the teachers and leadership of the school have created an environment where each child is truly desired to reach his or her fullest potential. Even though all do not have the same potential, the students at our school are thriving and succeeding and I am grateful to be a part of this community.

    The quote from Mr. Dewey is discussing why all students need to be equal to ensure his idea of quality care in socialiam. Although this quote does discuss students, it is not meant to be an educational quote, and would seem to be amiss in a newsletter for a school that has been so successful in it’s opening year at creating an environment where children are able to advance individually. Mr. Dewey’s intent was to show how unfair it is for students to advance beyond each other because it would not sustain his idea of quality socialism, equal opportunities were not the issue.

    That said, I totally agree with rest of the newsletter and have never been one to request a teacher and have only denied two teachers. I also stand behind Mountain Trails Elementary in it’s policy, but wish to give my input on the use of this quote and hope that future newsletters will not use quotes from Mr. Dewey. My children love being a part of a school where they thrive as individuals because the best and wisest parents want for their students the opportunity for their unique needs to be met. This is what Mountain Trails does for our community, strengthening our future one student at a time.

    Now for my question: If track assignments will remain the same as they currently stand, then I am guessing that my kindergartener would remain in B track unless I make the school aware that I want him on A track which is where my other boys are currently, is that right?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this, I appreciate all you do!
    Sara Clements

    I hope that it goes over better than what happened in Lehi. I have figured out why this quote is getting stumbled upon…that is the very nature of a stumbling block, isn’t it?