Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS in Gilbert, Arizona find way to teach character (Reading, writing and rectitude)
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 11Oct99 D1
By Kelly Pearce and Kelly Ettenborough: The Arizona Republic
Worried about the values being taught to children, the community of
Gilbert, Arizona is trying to teach children a set of values through
the public schools. After the town drafted a resolution calling for
the use of the "Character First!" curriculum developed by a
conservative Christian group, the ACLU fired off a letter to the
town, warning them to tread carefully, and not teach religion in the
classroom. In response, parents, teachers and religious leaders say
that values can be taught without espousing any religion.
LDS Church leaders in Gilbert have found another way to teach values.
Learning of a lack of kindness between Mormon and Catholic teenagers,
local leaders of both religions put together the East Valley Youth
Service Committee in 1997. Since that time more than 1,000 teenagers
of both faiths have worked together on various service projects.