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BYU Education Department Member of Revolutionary NAME Organization

In the summer of 2010, BYU’s education department told the Provo Daily Herald they were leaving John Goodlad’s National Network for Educational Renewal for “financial reasons” and said they were leaving other organizations as well. This might be true. They might have been losing donors who had become aware that John Goodlad’s organization was pressuring BYU and they might have told BYU no more money unless they dropped that association. Unfortunately, it looks like that was only one of several questionable memberships for BYU’s Education department.

This past week, I received an email from someone alerting me to BYU’s Education department’s current involvement with NAME, the National Organization for Multicultural Education, which is for “Advancing and Advocating for Social Justice & Equity.” On Nameorg.org’s home page, we find a writeup with this headline, “NAME Statement of Solidarity with Occupy Chicago and the Global Occupy Movement”. You can read their statement of support for the revolution here: https://nameorg.org/ or click the image to enlarge it.

NAME Organization

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The 2008 NAME conference was titled “Beyond Celebrating Diversity: ReACTivating the Equity and Social Justice Roots of Multicultural Education.” This pretty much sums up the organization but to be totally clear, NAME’s mission statement includes these goals and objective:

Multicultural education is a philosophical concept built on the ideals of freedom, justice, equality, equity, and human dignity as acknowledged in various documents, such as the U.S. Declaration of Independence, constitutions of South Africa and the United States, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations…

…It [a multicultural education] prepares all students to work actively toward structural equality in organizations and institutions by providing the knowledge, dispositions, and skills for the redistribution of power and income among diverse groups.  Thus, school curriculum must directly address issues of racism, sexism, classism, linguicism, ablism, ageism, heterosexism, religious intolerance, and xenophobia…

…In addition, teachers and students must critically analyze oppression and power relations in their communities, society and the world…

…Multicultural education requires comprehensive school reform as multicultural education must pervade all aspects of the school community and organization.

Recognizing that equality and equity are not the same thing, multicultural education attempts to offer all students an equitable educational opportunity, while at the same time, encouraging students to critique society in the interest of social justice.

I strongly agree that equality and equity is clearly defined in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. All [people] are created equal and endowed by their creator with unalienable rights. That should be what we teach all children. No one is better or worse than another because of the color of their skin. Everyone has the opportunity to rise to greatness. But that’s it. End of story. No legislating the playing field to give the advantage to anyone including minorities. Just level the playing field and give everyone the opportunity to become what they will.

On the Institutional Memberships page of NAME’s website, we find BYU listed.

NAME's Institutional Memberships

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Membership in this organization is a small annual fee but one can’t help but wonder why BYU didn’t drop this association when they dropped the NNER membership last year since they said they were dropping  “others” at that time.

On the Utah Chapter of NAME’s website, I discovered more BYU involvement on the board and in other supportive roles.

Utah NAME Chapter

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The email I received pointed out:

Alta High’s new principal was hired by Canyon’s District because he is a multicultural educator. He is out of the David O. McKay School, and received NAME’S 2011 Educator of the year award. He cowrote a book “Holistic Multicultural Education: Pedagogy for the 21st Century” with three others at BYU, one being Ramona Cutri—a current professor at the McKay school and 2009 President of NAME’s Utah Chapter.

 

Like John Goodlad’s NNER conference last year where Bill Ayers was the keynote speaker, Bill Ayers was the keynote speaker for NAME’s national conference last month (November 2011), and just like the good old days of BYU’s Education department involvement in Goodlad’s NNER, two BYU education professors were presenters at the conference (link to a review of the conference, Ayers on page 1 & BYU on page 6).

One presentation I found on the Utah NAME chapter website from March 2010, entitled “Making the Case for Multicultural Education in Utah” was from BYU Professor Ramona Maile Cutri. Among the slides I found this representative of what this organization is about.

Utah NAME Presentation
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BYU Education Department has a webpage (maybe more) devoted to diversity activities including how to incorporate multiculturalism into your classroom.

https://education.byu.edu/diversity/activities.html

 

CHECKLIST

Membership in an organization promoting the downfall of America: CHECK

Membership in an organization with ties to Bill Ayers: CHECK

Membership in an organization promoting the gay agenda: CHECK

Membership in an organization promoting social justice: CHECK

Membership in an organization promoting redistribution of wealth: CHECK

Can we get a complete audit of BYU’s Education Department memberships and associations?

 

Also sent to me was a 2007 working document where BYU’s education department was performing a John Goodlad NNER “Equity Self-Study” evaluation related to the Public School Partnership. The PSP is how BYU relates everything they are doing and pushes it into the PSP school districts. This first page of the document shows Steven Baugh, director of CITES (the teacher and administrator training/indoctrination facility for the PSP); Richard Young, from BYU’s Education Department; and other representatives such as Alpine School District’s Superintendent Vern Henshaw, were major players in creating this document. The document shows political ideology in a phase called “sustaining progress.”

BYU PSP Equity Self-Evaluation

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Further down this chart is a line item called “Sexual Orientation” which is in the “Beginning to Implement” column. The two sets with footnotes in this column are written up as follows.

Xa) Language, Locality, Race, and Socioeconomic Status—We are beginning to implement a number of
programs/initiatives in these areas. Specifics are listed below entitled “Programs/initiatives to promote equity.” As
a general statement, we are sustaining progress in these areas.

Xb) Sexual Orientation—The School of Education has identified the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that every
teacher candidate should possess to assist all students in the schools to access a quality education regardless of
sexual orientation, disability, gender, etc. The primary place for teaching this is designated for the multicultural
classes required of all teacher candidates. In addition, all teacher candidate course work and field experience is
undergirded by the moral dimensions of teaching.

NAME is evidently the organization BYU choose to partner with to better indoctrinate teacher candidates in multicultural classes. The “moral dimensions of teaching” is the buzz-phrase from John Goodlad which includes the “Enculturating the Young into a Social and Political Democracy.” Both the NNER and NAME organization are in favor of overturning our system of government and moving toward a socialist state.

MAKE NO MISTAKE, if your child is in one of the PSP school districts which include Provo, Nebo, Alpine, Wasatch, Jordan, and probably Canyon now, your teachers are receiving this garbage as part of their training. Your administrators are being indoctrinated in it. It may take time to trickle down and some teachers will wisely filter out the garbage from their own mind, but at some point they will be held accountable to new standards which call for implementing these things in the classroom.

The dangers of BYU professors associating with Bill Ayers and other revolutionary minded people is most disturbing when parents think they are sending their children to a university with a belief that the U.S. Constitution was divinely inspired and their children are going to learn a love and respect for our country. Instead, children are being indoctrinated through these programs to promote people based on characteristics other than individual skill and effort, and to tear down our country and replace it with a direct democracy and moral relativism. If your child has an interest in becoming a teacher, I would strongly suggest avoiding BYU and urge everyone to not donate to BYU unless it’s to a specific department other than a teacher preparation department such as the Education and Math Education departments.

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