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BYU Ed Department’s Jungian Scholar

Fourth in our series this week exposing BYU’s Education Department connections, today we look at the philosophy embraced by professors and how they are reaching our local school districts with their agenda. This isn’t an indication it’s in every classroom or even most of them. It’s just part of putting people with your philosophy into positions of power, much like President Obama’s cabinet and Czars who are drastically affecting our lives.

The following letter is one I received from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. I interject below.


First, I’d like to give you some background about what I’m uncovering in Canyons District just in case it comes in handy on anything you’re doing.

Alta High’s new principal, Fidel Montero, was hired after the “racist incident” at Alta. He was Timpview’s Asst. Principal. Fox 13 News reported on May 18th, 2011 the following:

The Canyon School District says it chose Montero because of his impressive resume. Before his work as a teacher, Montero consulted inner-city schools in Miami and and Los Angeles.

“He is an expert in multicultural education. He is expert in school reform,” says Jennifer Tumor-Cook, spokesperson for the Canyon School District. “

Oak note: please see Monday and Tuesday’s articles for information on multiculturalism problems at BYU’s Education Department.

Canyon’s School Board was also given social-justice educator, Linda-Darling Hammond’s, book “Flat World in Education and How America’s Commitment to Equity will Determine our Future” by our Deputy Superintendent, Ginger Rhodes. Upon reading it, a member of the board, Paul McCarty said, “I see a lot of it as a blueprint for where we are heading in Canyons District.”

Oak note: Linda-Darling Hammond was recommended by Bill Ayers to President Obama to be his Secretary of Education.

After this, Canyon’s District invited the Southern Poverty Law Center to come teach their social-justice program “Teaching Tolerance” to leaders, teachers and student-leaders in the entire district. This infuriated me!

After these tidbits, I looked up Fidel Montero and discovered that he’d come out of the David O. McKay School. And, because I knew what you’d uncovered about their connections to the NNER, I did some research.

The book Fidel co-wrote, Understanding the Whole Student: Holistic Multicultural Education , was co-written with Clifford Mayes, Ramona Cutri, & Clint Rogers (all from the David O. McKay School).

You already know a little about Ramona Cutri, but last night I finally got around to looking into Clifford Mayes. If you don’t already know, his bio describes him as a jungian scholar. This fact will be important as you read further. Here’s the link to his info on wikipedia:

Oak note: from his BYU Vita we find these interests and papers mentioning multiculturalism and Jungian thought.

September 1996-present: Brigham Young University.
Position: Associate Professor of Education (received tenure: 2003; advancement to full professor anticipated in AY 2007)
Duties: Teaching graduate courses in social history of U.S. education, curriculum history and theory, multiculturalism, instructional theory.
Interests: Curriculum theory and history, multiculturalism, (neo-)Freudian/(neo-)Jungian theory and practice in pedagogics.

Mayes, C. (2003). Foundations of an archetypal pedagogy. Psychological Perspectives: A Semiannual Journal of Jungian Thought. C.G. Institute of Los Angeles, 46, 104-116.

Mayes, C. (2005). Ten pillars of a Jungian approach to education. Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice, 18(2), “30-40.

Mayes, C., and Blackwell Mayes, P. (2005) Jung, Mormonism, and the dialectics of exaltation. Psychological Perspectives: A Semiannual Journal of Jungian Thought. C.G. Institute of Los Angeles, 48, 84-107

After reading about his background, and how he developed a new way of teaching called archetypal pedagogy, I decided to look up how Critical Pedagogy related it. Critical Pedagogy is described on wikipedia as this:

“Based in Marxist theory, critical pedagogy draws on radical democracy, anarchism, feminism, and other movements that strive for what they describe as social justice.”

Because I’ve now become a skeptic, I started wondering, “Could Clifford Mayes just be using this new term, archetypal pedagogy, to hide the fact that he’s actually teaching critical pedagogy?” So, I looked up jungian pedagogy with critical pedagogy and hit the very sad-jackpot on this BYU Jungian Scholar…

Critical Pedagogy and Cognition: An Introduction to a Postformal Educational —By Curry Stephenson Malott

“A Jungian Pedagogy therefore rejects not only traditional approaches to education that assume that teachers save kids from their inferior cultures by implementing the policies of the superior ruling class, but also the assumption that the only thing that needs to happen for revolutionary change to occur is for dominant institutions to be replaced by ones led by the organic leaders of the oppressed classes. In practice, traditional revolutions follow a hierarchical structure where movement leaders develop vision, agenda, and tactics and an army of activist-pawns carry them out.

A Jungian revolution, on the other hand, would be much more complex involving all members of society engaged in serious, rigorous self-reflection, and theoretical and historical investigations. The new society would emerge out of a rejection of the hegemony collective unconscious and therefore as a byproduct of a mass critical self-awareness that makes decisions not based on externally imposed values, but by those emanating from the internal structure of full consensus.”

So, as you can see, it really is a psychological-warfare marketing campaign for the masses, and far too many Americans are falling for it.

Oak note: Jungian pedagogy is exactly what Bill Ayers has been preaching for decades and is essentially the overthrow of our current government to be replaced by the oppressed “workers of the world uniting.” See these posts for more information on Bill Ayers if you don’t really know his philosophy. (Bill the revolutionary radical Marxist) (a number of quotes from Ayers related to education)

Here’s the link to Curry Stephenson’s book

Here’s a link to one (out of several) books on jungian psychology that Clifford Mayes has written:

Jung and Education: Elements of an Archetypal Pedagogy by Clifford Mayes (May 25, 2005)

Also, go to this David O. McKay School link and read about his publications, a few of which mention Social Justice outright:

Oak notes: It is foolishness to assume philosophies from teachers such as these don’t get passed on to students. Everything we are colors everything we do. Multiculturalism from organizations like NAME and the NNER filters to down to students through the teachers who are scholars for these organizations. Those students in turn graduate into positions of authority as administrators and teachers.

Aside from direct classroom instruction/indoctrination, one way this happens at BYU is that CITES (Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling) trains teachers and administrators for placement within the Public School Partnership school districts. CITES is run by Steve Baugh, a John Goodlad “Agenda for Education in a Democracy” (AED) scholar. Four out of thirty national AED scholars are in Utah county, two at BYU, two in Alpine School District’s leadership.

I have had several emails asking what can be done. Get your local school board loaded with people that understand the problem and will sever the ties to the Public School Partnership at BYU and when the demand dries up, the supply will too. Your school district is paying a lot of money to CITES and to get teachers trained there. Find alternate sources of teacher training. Stop with the extreme pedagogy training and focus on content. Teachers who know their content are generally far superior teachers of subject matter. Most of all, trust no one. You are responsible for your child’s education. Be aware of the things happening at your school and your children’s classrooms. Times aren’t going to get better. Common Core State Standards will see to that.


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’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: 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.



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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BYU’s Department of Education has published their Spring 2011 edition of McKay Today Magazine and contained in this small compilation is a tribute by former dean Robert Patterson to none other than John Goodlad. Susie Schnell sent me a link to it and even though it’s an article that has been seen on BYU’s website in the past, they chose to re-emphasize their complete and utter devotion to a man who is seeking the overthrow of all that BYU supposedly stands for.

First and foremost, lets be 100% clear that John Goodlad is an anti-Christ, and in LDS terminology, we would also call him a Korihor. He is an atheist, humanist, socialist, who espouses population control, constructivist math, implementing the gay agenda in the classroom, and having teachers introduce Marxist social justice in the classroom. Goodlad invited Bill Ayers, the godless Marxist terrorist turned educator to be the keynote speaker at his NNER conference last October. None of these philosophies are worthy of BYU’s mission or standards, neither does it correspond with direct teachings from the Book of Mormon which instruct us that both our secular teachers, and ecclesiastical leaders, should be individuals who walk in God’s paths or we should not trust them.

Mosiah 23:14 “And also trust no one to be your teacher nor your minister, except he be a man of God, walking in his ways and keeping his commandments.”

The BYU Education Department’s infatuation with Goodlad is completely independent of the LDS church. The church may own the school, but once teachers have tenure their ideology comes out without much fear of retribution in spite of the poison they may subtly distribute to students who believe their teachers are only espousing God’s truths and not the philosophies of men. They embrace Goodlad’s worldly philosophies because he is nationally prominent and has bestowed honors upon them and their college of education, specifically naming two individuals (Steve Baugh and John Rosenberg) as AED Scholars (Agenda for Education in a Democracy), and working with BYU for decades within his national network.

There are three dangers that threaten the church from within, and the authorities need to awaken to the fact that the people should be warned unceasingly against them. As I see them, they are flattery of prominent men in the world, false educational ideas, and sexual impurity.

Joseph F. Smith

2 out of 3 ain’t good.

BYU’s Ed department’s embrace of Goodlad shows they have utterly failed to follow the counsel of leaders, and of their core scriptural beliefs.

Last year (2010) when BYU’s Education Department was under attack from us for being members of John Goodlad’s NNER, which was trying to force BYU to accept the gay agenda into their school, the Provo Daily Herald reported that BYU was dropping its membership with the NNER (National Network for Educational Renewal) for “financial” reasons. However, in that same article, the Herald said, “Far from divorcing themselves from Goodlad, BYU provided the Daily Herald with a summary of Goodlad’s achievements” and went on to praise and adore this prominent national educator.

So here we are one year later and some have wondered if BYU’s Education Department was possibly changing their direction. They have answered with a resounding NO.

This tribute (PDF) in their latest newsletter clearly shows where they stand. My comments are on the right. (I also suggest to BYU’s Ed Dept. that they look at the title tag they have used with Robert Patterson’s photo and correct the (Freudian?) slip where they have named him “John Godland.”)

John Goodlad’s Influence on the BYU–Public School Partnership
By Robert Patterson
 My Comments
Robert Patterson is a lifelong educator and author. He was a former dean of the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University between 1999 and 2003, during which time he worked closely with John Goodlad. John Goodlad has been working close with BYU’s Ed. Dept. since 1983 when he first set up the Public School Partnership between BYU and 5 surrounding school districts, and in 1986 when BYU’s Ed. Dept. became a founding member of the NNER.
As I participated in the various activities of the BYU–Public School Partnership (BYU–PSP), I experienced an oft-repeated query from fellow participants: “Why do we pay so much attention to the opinions and ideas of John Goodlad?” I want to offer three possible responses. Here comes the official answer as to why BYU’s Ed. Dept. pays to much attention to John Goodlad.
First, I suggest we look at the professional record of this man. His colleagues have publicly acknowledged the extent and value of his work by literally showering him with prestigious awards, including the Horace Mann League Outstanding Friend of Public Education and the John Dewey Society Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009. He has tirelessly done his utmost to address educational issues in a manner to help fellow professionals as well as the larger interested public. Reason 1: he’s a prestigious (prominent) national award winnerHorace Mann: Creator of compulsory education”What the church has been for medieval man, the public school must become for democratic and rational man. God will be replaced by the concept of the public good. The common (public) schools shall create a more far-seeing intelligence and a pure morality than has ever existed among communities of men.” -Mann

John Dewey: Original signatory on the atheistic, socialistic, Humanist Manifesto.

Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism. What can the theistic Sunday-schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?” -Dewey

Evil, godless, prominent men who have an agenda to destroy faith in God and have awards named after them and Goodlad has received them. That’s reason #1 BYU’s Ed. Dept. follows Goodlad.

The second compelling reason relates to his role in helping to launch and enrich the organization of the Partnership. On invitation from Curtis Van Alfen, the BYU dean of education in 1983, Goodlad spent several months at BYU helping school district and university personnel catch a vision of the benefits of a collaborative relationship. Reason 2: Goodlad did tremendous service for BYU to help them catch a vision of a collaborative relationship.What is Goodlad’s agenda?”The curriculum of the future will be what one might call the humanistic curriculum.” -Goodlad
Goodlad also invited the Partnership to become a member of the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER). As a result, participants of the BYU–PSP have received outstanding leadership training as well as the opportunity to interact with school or university faculty members from other NNER sites. One result of this interaction has been the replication of the Seattle Associates Program at BYU. The Partnership has used associates as one of the main ways of sharing ideas and promoting a common value position within the BYU–PSP. Reason 3: If you read the titles of some of the NNER conference talks, of which BYU Ed. Dept. professors regularly presented (along with Alpine School District leaders from the PSP) you’ll find intriguing topics such as these:”The Creation of a Wise and Healthy People and a Culture for Sustaining and Renewing  this Populace” (Sounds eerily like the U.N.’s Agenda 21 plan)”Expert Study Panel Groups (GLBT & Community Engagement)” (I don’t think I need to comment on this one)

School-based Mentoring: A Nurturing Approach to Improve the Educational Outcomes of Students At-risk” (This particular session was taught by a BYU prof. and when you read the brief section below, you’ll see their mentoring/nurturing approach is to supplant the parent with a nurturing teacher. Where did that come from? “Most youth still hold the same values of their parents… if we do not alter this pattern, if we don’t resocialize, our system will decay.“- John Goodlad)

And Justice For All: Using Artificial Environments to Create Community and Teach Diversity

The Re-emergence of the Research School: A Model To Meet the Challenges of Education for Democracy

Whatever happened to teachers getting trained in how to teach math, reading, and writing? These courses have NOTHING to do with educating our children and EVERYTHING to do with indoctrinating them into a “social and political Democracy.”

Another significant and valuable application of Goodlad’s leadership is our Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES). By accepting Goodlad’s challenge to experiment with this new organizational structure, we have found ways to include other BYU colleges in the Partnership, to strengthen the in-service provisions offered for school personnel, and to generate ideas through research and program evaluation. Reason 4: The wonderful CITES center where the application of Goodlad’s philosophies are extended to other colleges, and through which PSP school administrators and principals pass in order to be deemed “Goodlad-agenda-ready” for public service. CITES is run by Steve Baugh, Goodlad AED scholar. Baugh is the former Superintendent of Alpine School District where he helped bring constructivist math (ex. Investigations, Connected, and Interactive math) to tens of thousands of children, forever damaging their mathematical abilities, but following Goodlad’s recommendations that a socialistic style constructivist approach be used to help further prepare children for life in a social and political Democracy.CITES also receives hundreds of thousands of public tax dollars each year yet won’t allow for an audit or release of how those tax dollars are spent in spite of requests by legislators.
John Goodlad has encouraged and supported the BYU–PSP in powerful ways. Without the benefits derived from the focus associated with his writings and programs and the example of excellent leadership through skillful mentoring and modeling of ideas and practices, the BYU–PSP would be far less able to speak with pride of the quality of education in our partner districts and in our university teacher preparation programs. We continue to be richly rewarded for celebrating Dr. John I. Goodlad. Quality of education in our partner districts? Is that why UVU has a math remediation *department* for the nearly 70% of incoming students who can’t do simple college algebra?Teacher prep is nothing more than indoctrination prep. There is precious little content knowledge being transmitted to those who obtain a teaching certificate, but loads of philosophical poison from Goodlad’s agenda. We need teachers who actually understand math to teach it.

“As the educational system falls into the hands of the in-power political faction or into the hands of an obscure but tightly knit group of professional social reformers, it is used not to educate but to indoctrinate.” Ezra Taft Benson (An Enemy Hath Done this – pg. 229)

“I feel to warn you that one of the chief means of misleading our youth and destroying the family unit is our educational institutions. There is more than one reason why the Church is advising our youth to attend colleges close to their homes where institutes of religion are available. It gives the parents the opportunity to stay close to their children, and if they become alerted and informed, these parents can help expose the deceptions of men like Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, John Dewey, John Keynes and others. There are much worse things today that can happen to a child than not getting a full education. In fact, some of the worst things have happened to our children while attending colleges led by administrators who wink at subversion and amorality. Said Karl G. Maeser, “I would rather have my child exposed to smallpox, typhus fever, cholera or other malignant and deadly diseases than to the degrading influence of a corrupt teacher.” Ezra Taft Benson (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 307.)

John Goodlad is among the “others” mentioned and a disciple of John Dewey.

“There is a spirit working among the Saints to educate their own offspring. If our children will be all we will have for a foundation of glory in eternity, how needful that they be properly trained… There are wolves among us in sheep’s clothing ready to lead astray our little ones… Wolves do not devour old sheep when there are any young ones. I have herded sheep long enough to know that. Look after your children.”- Elder John W. Taylor, (Collected Discourses 2:138.)

The BYU Ed. Dept. magazine also contains an article entitled “Education in a Changing World” (PDF) and the very first section says:

What Is a Mentor?

Who was your mentor? Who could be trusted to answer the important questions you had? Who was there to give you advice? Who served as a role model at important points in your life?
Most successful people have had a mentor at some time in their life, whether in business, sports, the arts, the classroom, or university work.

FiVE Things You Should Know about Mentoring

1. What a Mentor Is and What a Mentor Is Not

A mentor is not:

What a mentor is:

  • a parent
  • a cool peer
  • a babysitter
  • a therapist
  • a disciplinarian
  • a parole officer
  • a nag
  • a savior
  • an ATM
  • a wise and trusted friend
  • a link to another generation
  • a confiant
  • a tutor
  • an advisor
  • a visionary “seer” (been there, done that)
  • a cheerleader
  • a coach
  • a listener
  • an advocate
  • a sounding board
  • a guide
  • a role model
  • a partner
  • a motivator


The greatest mentor I have had in my life is my father. I wonder how the department integrates the Proclamation on the Family into their philosophies? This article further shows the embrace of Goodlad’s philosophy as he believes:

Public education has served as a check on the power of parents, and this is another powerful reason for maintaining it.”- John Goodlad, Developing Democratic Character in the Young, pg. 165

One of Goodlad’s core 4 dimensions of teaching is that teachers become the nurturers of students. Here’s a few Goodlad quotes (references at link) for you.

[schools] should liberate students from the ways of thinking imposed by religions and other traditions of thought.”

“…educators must resist the quest for certainty. If there were certainty there would be no scientific advancement. So it is with morals and patriotism.”

“It is my expectation that Teacher Education for Democracy and Social Justice will become a rich resource for continuing this multi-layered conversation-from democratic belief to democratic action-that is the hallmark of educational renewal.”

“…the state we should strive for is better described in Deweyan terms as a social democracy.

I ask, do you believe the philosophies of John Goodlad will help build up Zion? I say they will not. They will tear it down and destroy it. They will indoctrinate in false philosophies and destroy faith in God. Has the BYU Ed. Dept. fallen into this cunning plan?

2 Nephi 9

28 O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish.

29 But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God.

What is that counsel we are to hearken to?

We have not been using the Book of Mormon as we should. Our homes are not as strong unless we are using it to bring our children to Christ.Our families may be corrupted by worldly trends and teachings unless we know how to use the book to expose and combat the falsehoods in socialism, organic evolution, rationalism, humanism, and so forth… And our nation will continue to degenerate unless we read and heed the words of the God of this land, Jesus Christ, and quit building up and upholding the secret combinations which the Book of Mormon tells us proved the downfall of both previous American civilizations. (A Witness and a Warning, p. 6.)

Those who fail to see the dangers of an alliance with John Goodlad reject the message of the Book of Mormon and are literally walking in darkness at noon-day as they become accomplices in an effort to destroy the morality and agency of man.

David O. McKay, a staunch fighter against humanism and socialism, must be weeping in heaven that his name is attached to this department.

Utah Taxpayers Fund Global Education Agenda


This letter should be of interest to all Utah citizens, but especially those in the Jordan, Wasatch, Nebo, Provo, and Alpine school districts. Your school dollars have been going to the BYU-Public School Partnership (PSP) facilitating arm known as CITES (Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling) which is the teacher training center for John Goodlad’s Agenda. I hope by the time you are done reading you will have a desire to contact your school board and ask why they are sending money to CITES which has been heavily involved promoting and supporting Goodlad’s NNER (National Network for Educational Renewal) and IEI (Institution for Educational Inquiry) organizations.

John Goodlad isn’t shy about his global education agenda. There is good reason Charlotte Iserbyt in Reagan’s department of education called Goodlad the nation’s “premier change agent” for moving us toward socialism. This is a snapshot of what is currently on Goodlad’s NNER home page as of November 20, 2010. It’s never been more clear what Goodlad stands for.

NNER Homepage

We see here that the NNER is inviting teachers to create activism toward social justice which is nothing less than the Marxist redistribution of wealth. Further down the page you can see a link to a 2010 expert panel discussing how to prepare teachers to move the gay agenda forward and ensure “equity” in the classroom. The first paragraph inside this expert panel report starts with this sentence.

Our group used the four dimensions of the Agenda for Education in a Democracy as a framework for our suggestions of important topics and issues to be included in a teacher education program.”

In Alpine School District spokesperson Rhonda Bromley’s recent letter to teachers, legislators, and citizens, she wrote:

“Another concern that has been expressed is in regard to the ‘Moral Dimensions of Teaching.’ Several years ago, all five districts along the Wasatch Front entered into a partnership with BYU called the CITES partnership. The districts included are Alpine, Provo, Nebo, Wasatch, and Jordan. Collectively, the partnership adopted what is called the “Moral Dimensions of Teaching,” and with it, four core values. In recent months some have raised concern about those values. Since last fall, the administrators and Board of Education have changed the way those values are worded because of those concerns.

If nothing else you have to appreciate the honesty Rhonda displays in admitting that since some people have raised concerns over Goodlad’s Agenda, the district sought to help them out by changing the terminology to make it more palatable, not that the actual intent or Agenda from John Goodlad has changed.

Goodlad wrote in the preface of the book Schooling for a Global Age, pg. xiii-xvii:

“Enlightened social engineering is required to face situations that demand global action now. Education is a long-term solution. … Parents and the general public must be reached also … Otherwise, children and youth enrolled in globally oriented programs may find themselves in conflict with values assumed in the home. And then the educational institution frequently comes under scrutiny and must pull back.”

Better read that a couple times and let it sink in. It makes sense that ASD has followed his instructions and pulled back since parents have exposed Goodlad’s progressive education influence in the education system. It is also obvious from Rhonda’s comments that they aren’t changing what they believe, they’re just trying to hide it. It is utter foolishness to think you can partner with a subversive organization like Goodlad’s and choose what you’ll participate in and not get contaminated. When ASD’s superintendent was on the executive committee for Goodlad’s NNER, he saw these things first hand but took no action to remove ASD from being involved with the organization.

How do we know the involvement in this Agenda is real? There are 4 John Goodlad appointed AED Scholars (Agenda for Education in a Democracy) in Utah. Two at ASD (Superintendent Vern Henshaw and curriculum specialist Barry Graff), another is the director of CITES (Steven Baugh), and the last is a professor at BYU’s McKay School of Education (John Rosenberg). It’s important to realize that awards are given as rewards for outcomes in implementing the Agenda and not given for intent (or else many more would have such scholar designations).

These people have been heavily involved presenting at Goodlad’s conferences over the past decade (example 1, example 2). Steven Baugh was one of the organizers of the 2009 conference. Even if these individuals don’t personally believe all of Goodlad’s teachings, Goodlad trusts them enough with his Agenda to give them scholar status. There are only a total of 30 individuals in the entire nation with this prestigious designation.

The next thing you need to understand is that Goodlad’s organizations are membership driven. This means that at some level there is a payment to cover the membership. From the 2007 tax return for Goodlad’s Institute of Educational Inquiry (IEI), we read on page 16 that the IEI shares employees with the NNER under a “common agenda.” Page 18 reveals the IEI transferred $341,960 to the NNER after it just received 501(c)3 status (even though it has existed since the mid 1980’s). On page 22 the IEI amends its Articles of Incorporation to show a modification of it’s purpose…

“to advance the public democratic purpose of education through inquiry, demonstration, and training projects that engage a variety of national partners–including universities, school districts, and other groups interested in education–in promoting the public purpose of education and the making of a democratic public.”

An example of inquiry based education is constructivist math such as the failed Investigations math program at Alpine School District which the district cannot support with a single study. Other examples also in use around Utah are Everyday math, and Growing with Mathematics.

CITES is the “facilitating arm for the initiatives” of the PSP, a structure which Goodlad helped set up. From the Utah Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst of the state legislature, I have obtained at least a partial trail of funding to CITES from the partnership school districts. The relevant tables are below. The only other information you need to know is that CITES (which is receiving public tax dollars) will not disclose how they use these funds and have stonewalled Senator Margaret Dayton’s attempts to find them out. It is unknown if the PSP is separately receiving funds from the school districts.

Brigham Young University
Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education & Schooling (CITES)
School District Funding to CITES

2008-2009 Funding School District*

District Local Federal Total
Alpine $ 29,180 $ 12,050 $ 41,230
Jordan $ 143,698 $ 143,698
Nebo $ 71,375
Provo $ 20,000 $ 507,027 $ 527,027
Wasatch $ 31,250 $ 31,250
Total $ 227,998 $ 532,527 $ 831,900

2009-2010 Funding

District Local Federal Total
Alpine $ 29,180 $ 12,050 $ 41,230
Jordan $ 73,718 $ 73,718
Nebo $ 71,375
Provo $ 10,730 $ 380,957 $ 391,687
Wasatch $ 8,755 $ 8,755
Total $ 122,383 $ 393,007 $ 568,455

*Note: Information is selfreported by school districts. No information was included by Nebo SD on their mix of funds

Prepared by Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst, 05/2010 PL

The NNER and IEI are membership driven organizations, in other words, membership is not free. Someone has paid for the memberships of these school districts and/or the PSP or CITES themselves. It makes sense that these funds being sent from the 5 PSP districts may in fact have gone toward some form of membership money to John Goodlad’s organizations. What this means is that John Goodlad’s radical anti-family, anti-freedom Agenda has been supported by our public education tax dollars. It has given tremendous credibility to Goodlad’s Agenda to have school districts and universities in “conservative family-values Utah” as members and *leaders* in his organization structure.

If you live in one of the 5 partnership School Districts, I would ask that you contact your school board and ask why they are sending money to CITES which is directed by a John Goodlad scholar. Our teachers and professionals went to school to learn to teach. There is no need for these partnership programs. We should drop them while we are in a down economy and pinching pennies for education. Here is one place to cut right now.

The Steve Baugh Flier

Yesterday I was in a panic over an email I received from someone who was quite upset at a flier that was circulating concerning Steve Baugh. I won’t post that email here but suffice it to say, it made the flier sound horrible and specifically fingered me as the person providing quotes that attacked Steve Baugh in a very negative way. I immediately sent out an email to my list asking if people made their own fliers to make sure they had the story straight and not put words in anyone’s mouth, mine or candidates.

It turns out my panic was unjustified. When I later obtained a copy of the flier, I saw that it was fact based and merely pointed out troubling associations for Mr. Baugh to answer to. When did it become taboo to ask candidates uncomfortable questions? When they run as a Democrat but don’t tell people or want people to bring that up? When they tout church callings in their campaign materials in an effort to garner religious votes?

Mr. Baugh told the Deseret News yesterday that the flier was “Half truths. Quotes out of context. Lack of references,” he said. “Accusing me of being a socialist, that’s nonsense. It’s ridiculous.” Here is the actual flier that was being distributed from Linda Jardine.

Dear Steve Baugh Supporter:

I am giving you this letter because you have a Steve Baugh sign in your yard.  I have a Sandstrom sign in mine, but I’m not affiliated with him or his campaign.  While Steve Baugh seems like a nice man, nowhere in his literature, web site, or signs does it even mention that he is a Democrat, which I consider deceptive.  His brochure says he is a “Mainstream Candidate”.  But Mr. Baugh has a socialist agenda and I don’t consider that “mainstream”.  His brochure says he is a “Man you can Trust!”.  But he is not a man I can trust because the values he espouses are very different from the values I hold dear.  Character is what guides a man in the choices he makes in his life and will, in this case if he is elected, guide him in making the laws of our state.

Mr. Baugh is the director of the CITES program (Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling) at BYU.  His bio on BYU’s website says: “ I am interested in the moral dimensions of teaching as identified by Dr. John Goodlad.” Canadian Dr. John Goodlad espouses the ideas of John Dewey, the founder of humanism, and is in favor of transforming America from a republic to a socialist state. Also, Dr. Goodlad’s NNER (National Network for Educational Renewal) “is aware of, concerned about, has a commitment to and is an advocate of LGBTQQIIAA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Intergender, Asexual, Ally) concerns.”  The confirmed terrorist-turned-educator, Mr. William Ayers, was a keynote speaker at NNER’s conference this year.  You may think Mr. Baugh doesn’t have much to do with these people, but NNER’s online publication was written by CITES.  The people with whom Mr. Baugh has allied himself are not those whom I trust to teach children, let alone make laws in our state!

Mr. Baugh is a former superintendent of Alpine School District.  He was there when the Investigations math program began, which still continues.  This program is questionable at best because it does not teach basic math skills like multiplication tables, and leaves children unprepared to function in life.  It is one of the reasons that many parents have taken their children out of Alpine School District and placed them in charter schools or home schooled them.  There is also a great deal of controversy regarding Alpine School District’s mission statement: “Enculturating the Young into a Social and Political Democracy”, which is a direct quote from Dr. Goodlad.   Mr. Oak Norton has explained a lot more than I have room for here in his website at  He quotes some of Dr. Goodlad’s “moral dimensions of teaching” as:

• “Most youth still hold the same values of their parents… if we do not alter this pattern, if we don’t resocialize, our system will decay.”

• “Parents do not own their children.  They have no ‘natural right’ to control their education fully.”

• “the curriculum of the future will be what one might call the humanistic curriculum.”

• “Enlightened social engineering is required to face situations that demand global action now.”

• “…the state we should strive for is better described in Deweyan terms as a social democracy.”

• “Educators must resist the quest for certainty.  If there were certainty there would be no scientific advancement.  So it is with morals and patriotism.”

These socialist views are subversive to our government and way of life.  I don’t believe we want to have a man representing us in the legislature, and making our laws, who espouses the view that children should be indoctrinated against the teachings of their parents or that has a problem with patriotism.  It isn’t hard to see why these ideas aren’t in Mr. Baugh’s literature, website or signs.

I urge you to study both candidates and become informed; this is a critical election.  Then I hope you will join me in voting for Representative Stephen Sandstrom on November 2nd.

Thank you,

Linda Jardine

Mr. Baugh, the references to the Goodlad quotes are on this page of this site.

The link to the reference you make concerning your bio page is here.

On the LGBTQQIIAA quote, I’m not finding Linda’s exact quote in a quick Google search but this document I found shows the NNER is fully in support of the above statement here.

I would also be interested in what you claim are half-truths. As for being out of context, please prove it. I’ve read Goodlad and he is bad news. He’s a humanist and does not meet our Utah community values. The only thing I might change about this flier is where Linda says, “Mr. Baugh has a socialist agenda,” I would have said, “Mr. Baugh follows an individual with a socialist agenda.” Only a slight modification and certainly doesn’t diminish the question raised. Linda also shares something I didn’t know, that CITES (for which Mr. Baugh is the director) actually PUBLISHED the NNER Today update for 2009-2010. (Scroll to the very bottom to find CITES printing this document)

I would also be interested in knowing why you support the Citizens Ethics Initiative which will destroy our system of checks and balances and create an elitist oligarchy in Utah. I would also like to know why your organization CITES has stonewalled Senator Margaret Dayton’s attempt at finding out where public tax dollars CITES has received have gone to. There is nothing wrong in the world of politics with asking these questions and learning the truth about a candidate’s positions BEFORE they get in office. Associations are fair game as well. If America had known Barack Obama’s association with radical Marxists before the election, we wouldn’t have a president who has put Marxist revolutionaries into his cabinet and other important posts throughout our government and now direct our agenda. Why should a potential state representative get a pass just because he’s a nice guy?

So you don’t think Socialist Revolutionaries exist in Utah County? Think again.

So you don’t think Socialist Revolutionaries exist in Utah County? Think again.

I just read an article in the Daily Herald about Stephen Sandstrom’s new immigration bill. Here are the 3 individuals/organizations quoted as being against tougher illegal immigration:

1) Utah Progressive Coalition

2) Stephen Baugh (Democratic candidate running against Sandstrom who was the former ASD Superintendent and current BYU CITES director pushing John Goodlad’s Democracy Agenda)

3) Revolutionary Student Union at Utah Valley University (UVURSU)

What?? A Revolutionary Student Union club? Curious, I looked them up. Want a real awakening? Holy Cow!!

This club encourages the REVOLUTIONARY overturn of capitalism in the US and is connected to many national and international Marxists, Leninists, Socialists, Anarchists, Palestinian Liberation groups and of course, Democracy Now. This group doesn’t just take the slow evolutionary approach to socialism like our public school system does, it actually calls for revolution and features a post about combating the police. It is very reminiscent of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in which Bill Ayers started the Weather Underground to revolutionize America by blowing up buildings. Important: scroll down to see who RSU affiliates with to get an eye-opening education of what is going on at our campuses right here in Utah County.

Perhaps interesting to you might be a group the RSU links with, Mormon Worker (think Workers of America Unite). This site is published by LDS members “devoted to Mormonism and radical politics” Interesting to me is the contributor list which mentions many graduates from BYU who have gone on missions and fight for redistribution of wealth, feminism, sex-ed reform, the gay agenda, and other Progressive policies.

What does this have to do with me? What can I do about it?

There is a reason many parents think there is a problem with Alpine School District pushing a Democracy Agenda over academics and why we are concerned that they won’t break up their love affair with John Goodlad, socialist/atheist/humanist who mentors the district with his socialist theories and writes in his books quotes like these…

“Enculturating the Young Into a Social and Political Democracy”

Most youth still hold the same values of their parents… if we do not alter this pattern, if we don’t resocialize, our system will decay.”

Parents do not own their children. They have no ‘natural right’ to control their education fully.”

“The curriculum of the future ‘will be what one might call the humanistic curriculum.”

If there is nothing going on here in Alpine School District promoting socialism or atheism, ask yourself this… Why can’t ASD pull itself away from the district motto and everything John Goodlad?

Why is Bill Ayers, socialist and former revolutionary terrorist-turned University educator the keynote speaker for an upcoming NNER Conference in October which Alpine School District employees attend each year? (Read all 3 posts to see how Bill Ayers is connected with the Alpine School District.)

Why was the NNER’s last keynote speaker an anti-Mormon, ex-BYU feminist and Progressive, Nel Noddings, who wrote Women and Evil which scrutinizes the Bible’s male chauvinist writers for portraying women as evil? Her plea to educators is to re-define evil to fit in these modern times (moral relativism). By the way, this speech’s emphasis was on one of Goodlad’s 4 Moral Dimensions that our school board is so adamant on defending, nurturing our children. The question is, who is doing the nurturing? Parents or the state?

Please, it is time to educate our community, stand up for what is right and vote these current board members out who keep pushing this political agenda. We need to concentrate on academics and true principles. We need to raise a liberty-loving, moral generation if we want our Republic to be strong. And morals need to be taught by parents and churches, not government run schools! You might not see this in your child’s classroom…yet, but know that the ASD is pushing this agenda and spending our tax money doing it.

Susie Schnell