Parents need to know what is being taught to their children. I attended a Nebo School Board meeting along with other parents who expressed concern about a worksheet given to students in a Spanish Fork ninth-grade English class.
Students were given a list of seven statements on religion. Superintendent Poulsen pointed out that the first statement was the only one discussed by the teacher. That statement asked students to evaluate their religious leaders. This type of material is aimed at developing atheism. What Poulsen left unsaid was that students finished the worksheet, on their own, in class, and were subjected to influence given, by suggestion, on the rest of the worksheet. Suggestion was made that strict religious beliefs were unhealthy; religion is not worth dying for; religious leaders are justified in breaking from tradition; it was OK for people to get rid of religious leaders who did something wrong.This opinionnaire was part of material, purchased by the teacher, to accompany "The Chosen" by Chaim Potok. When asked where the worksheets came from and if the public could have a copy, Poulsen sounded annoyed and refused, saying the teacher had paid for the worksheet packet, and if the public wanted copies, they could locate the material and pay for it.
The public has the responsibility and right to know who supplies curriculum for our classrooms and what that curriculum is. It is unthinkable that the superintendent would refuse to give this information and the school board would support him against the rights of the public.