Beloved Music Teacher at Draper Park Middle School for being required to teach the Social Emotional Learning program "Second Step" (shared with permission). They didn't even give his last 2 weeks:
My Dear DPMS families,
This is a difficult email to write.
I have given notice to the School and District of my resignation. I will be leaving Draper Park Middle School within the next two school weeks. This has been a heart-rending decision. I love working with your children, watching them grow and develop. I will miss being with them very much.
I know that this will come as a surprise. It has come as a surprise to me and my family. I intended to be at DPMS for years to come. Unfortunately the social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum, “Second Step” was rolled out to Draper Park MS this year. Because I felt uncomfortable when our Admin announced that we would be implementing this program, I spent time reviewing the lessons, videos, teacher scripts, and student handouts from unit 1 for 7th grade curriculum, which is what I would be teaching. The more I watched and read, the more uncomfortable I became.
As a rule, I think that most people will agree that the skills, which the Second Step curriculum is supposed to teach students, are good and helpful. But way that these skills are presented in the Second Step Curriculum is concerning enough to me that I cannot, in good conscience, present the material to my students; material which teaches students that their parents are “roadblocks” to their goals; material which contains propaganda, and encourages students to become activists, among other things. I am especially uncomfortable with the anti-family undertone I have found find in the “Second Step” curriculum (particularly regarding the relationship between the students and their parents, which the curriculum occasionally calls “other generations”.) I am very concerned that this is in our schools.
I shared a detailed list of my concerns with our school Administration, who referred the issue to School Performance at the District level. At every level of interaction with school and district administrators I was treated better than I expected to be. (Parenthetically, Dr. Watts is perhaps the finest, most evenhanded administrator that I have had the pleasure to work with. His hands are tied in this situation. But even so, he has done more than I deserve to support me as we wrestled through this issue. We are fortunate to have him at Draper Park Middle.) My concerns were listened to, and a group at the district have taken the time to look at the relevant content to understand my concerns. Unfortunately, in the end, district personnel kindly told me that that my concerns are unfounded, and that I was seeing what I was “looking for”. They further indicated that the program, as applied in other schools through the district, is working well and helping achieve what they want. I was told that, as a teacher in the district, I am required to teach the concepts from the provided “Second Step” curriculum.
As a kind of compromise, I was offered some small flexibility in the way that I teach the material to the students, as guided an assigned district personnel. But having someone else tell me what I have to teach from a curriculum, which I believe doesn’t belong in the school, is even less appealing than the alternative.
I have advocated for total transparency of the curriculum for parent review, and an opt-out option for parents who are uncomfortable with the course. Because “Second Step” is a copyrighted program requiring a purchased license to access the content, parents can only review the lessons being taught to their students by going into the district office and having district personnel show it to them. No opt-out option will be offered.
I don’t expect all of you to agree with my decision, or that, given the same material to review, you would all feel reason for concern. But I hope that you will understand why I have felt the need to resign: that I cannot teach content to your children that I believe is harmful.
I also want you to know that I have not shared, and will not share, all that I am sharing with you with my students. I do not want to influence your children’s perception of the school, the “Second Step” program, or give them preconceptions about things which might make their time at the school more difficult or stressful. I will tell them that I was asked by the district to do something that I couldn’t do with a clear conscience, but will indicate that I have written to you with more detail so that you can share as much or as little of my concerns as you feel is appropriate.
I hope that you, and your children, will think kindly of me as we part ways. I have tried all that I know to find an acceptable solution which would allow me to stay. I wish all of you, your students, the school and the choir program all the best.
It is disheartening to watch the digging in of heels by national media and other COVID cheerleaders when increasing numbers of physicians speak out against the “We’re all going to die!” narrative. Of course, to admit that the virus is highly treatable and is not an automatic death sentence might mean the country could get back to normal before the November elections.
If you love Liberty it is EXTREMELY important the you watch both of these videos in this blog post. If you beleive that you should be able to choose your own health care and your doctor should be able to prescribe the medicine you want and need you should:
The first video is Dr. Richard Bartlett sharing information how he has had 100% success treating patients with Covid including those who are high risk by treating them EARLY with appropriate treatments. The second video is Senator Bob Hall hosting a panel of 6 medical doctors all with the same story of success treating Covid. These are all very credible medical doctors and they all have 100% success if they treat them when they first have signs of Covid, including high risk patients of all ages. Please watch the video until the very end. It is very interesting and has information you all need to know.
I have said from the beginning that you have to treat the Covid early. As Texas State Senator, Bob Hall said, "you don't send a patient home with with the beginning stages of cancer and tell them to come back when it is stage four, that is what they are doing with Covid. He said you go to the doctor, you test positive and they tell to go home and take 2 Tylenol and come back when you get sicker and then they will put you in the hospital on a ventilator." Most of the patients who end up on the ventilator die.
Please send this to everyone you know today!
On May 12, Stan Ellsworth, host of BYUtv’s “American Ride,” was diagnosed and admitted to the hospital with COVID-19. For much of the time since then, he has been in a medically induced coma receiving 100% oxygen from a ventilator as his body fights to overcome the virus. Stan’s wife Stacey reports that in the last few days, “they were able to dial his ventilator down to 50% and his body seems to be tolerating it. Their hope is that within the next two weeks they can begin to dial the ventilator down a little bit more everyday until he is eventually able to breath on his own.”
Stan and Stacey do not have medical insurance. Stan has already been in the ICU for nearly two weeks and has several more weeks of hospitalization and rehab ahead of him. This means Stan and Stacey will be facing staggering medical bills and Stan will not be able to return to work for several months.
Please donate to help this great man who has done so much for the cause of God, Family and Country.
As the star of “American Ride,” Stan rode his motorcycle into history telling the stories of the birth of our nation and our heritage as Americans. He has helped us appreciate the sacrifices of our Founders and heroic efforts of many others while taking us to the places where historic events took place. As a popular speaker Stan has helped thousands of children, youth and adults gain a greater awareness and appreciation of our history.
We are all praying that Stan will survive this terrible virus. Our prayers are also with Stacey and their family.
And they also need our financial help.
Please click here to make a donation today.
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On Thursday, April 16, at 9:00 am, the Utah Legislature will have a special session to consider multiple bills dealing with issues from the Coronavirus such as government operations, allocation of taxes, elections, worker’s compensation, right to try investigational drugs, unemployment benefits and emergency operations during the pandemic and to establish procedures for future emergencies. So far, they have posted 10 bills and 2 resolutions that they will be considering. They could post more. It is important that we all call our representatives and legislative leadership and let them know how important it is to get people back to work.
If we don’t do something very soon, we could have conditions similar to the “Great Depression” of the 1930s. Most everyone who lived during that time is gone, but we had parents and grandparent who told us the stories about the unbelievably high unemployment, individuals and families standing in long soup lines just to get something to eat, losing all they owned including their homes and, of course, there were those who actually committed suicide because they lost everything, had no means of support, and little hope. They couldn’t pay their employees or their own obligations.
Our generation talks about the 2008-2009 “Great Recession”. That is not what I am talking about. We all survived that with very few consequences or discomfort. We are experiencing for the first time in our lives, a pandemic, and because of that our life has changed. For the first time in our lives we are not able to move around freely from place to place. We are being told that we cannot get in our car and drive to the:
I am not suggesting that we should throw caution to the wind and go and do all these things, but when so many businesses are being forced to close by government order, they may be crossing the line between the common good and restricting liberty. I understand that in times of crisis, government can overreact in an effort to protect the public, but legislators must always protect our personal liberties first, and we must remember that with liberty comes responsibility. It is not the proper role of government to force businesses to close, but we must be responsible in the personal choices we make. We must protect ourselves and our families, as well as others who we could expose. Those who are high risk themselves or to others should stay home.
Click here to read our statement on faith and liberty during the CONVID-19 Crisis.
It is very important that you contact you legislators today, as well as legislative leadership. We are the ones to steer the direction of government. That is how a republic works, from the bottom up. We elect them to represent us. Let your voice be heard for the preservation of liberty. Now is the time to stand up and act.
Ask your legislators to find the best way to start to open businesses and send people back to work while continuing to practice appropriate social distancing.
You can read the bills at: https://le.utah.gov/DynaBill/BillList?session=2020S3
Find, email and text your legislators at: https://www.utaheagleforum.org/contact-your-legislator.html#/
Contact information for House and Senate Leadership:
Speaker of the House:
Republican, District 15,
President of the State Senate:
Republican, District 22
Utah Eagle Forum
On Tuesday, March 31, Equality Utah sent an email that included the following misinformation:
“Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility. And being visible literally saves lives. This year, a wave of anti-transgender bills swept across the country. Sadly, the Idaho governor just signed two anti-transgender bills into law.
Here in Utah, the Eagle Forum worked aggressively to push legislation to criminalize transition related healthcare for transgender children. They recruited Representative Brad Daw to carry out their harmful legislation. Thankfully, when Rep. Daw met with transgender children and their parents and doctors, he just couldn’t do it. He listened with an open heart and refused to advance the Eagle Forum’s cruel medical ban.
We are grateful to the courageous advocates who are working to change hearts and minds on Capitol Hill.”
Equality Utah referred to “healthcare for transgender children.” It is incomprehensible to call experimental medical procedures, that hurt and permanently damage children, “healthcare.” These are unproven treatments that use children as guinea pigs.
It is important to know that many organizations including Empowered Families, a coalition of 30 pro-family organizations, along with the Berean Baptist Church and The Compassion Coalition, and Utah Eagle Forum all joined together on this critically important legislation, and worked very hard during the Legislative session to protect children dealing with gender dysphoria (discomfort with one’s biological sex).
These experimental treatments are currently legal in Utah and are seriously harming our children, including:
These misguided, draconian therapies and procedures can hardly be called Healthcare. Rather, they are radical, irreversible and dangerous experiments on children, without any credible medical or scientific validation. Introducing opposite sex hormones, and surgically removing and crudely reconstructing sexual body parts, cannot change a human male into a female and a human female into a male. It may tragically succeed in making one look something like the other, but these children and/or adults will always remain the biological sex they were assigned by God.
The truth is, the rates of non-persistence (those who change their mind and are comfortable with their biological sex) are EXTREMELY HIGH. According to the DSM-5, females who identify during childhood as male, the rate of non-persistence can be as high as 88%. For males identifying as females, the rate of non-persistence is as high as 97.8%. There are many other studies with similar results. This shows that the vast majority of children resolve and identify as their biological sex by adulthood.
Dr. Michelle Cretella M.D., executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, has said, “Puberty is not a disease. It is a critical window of development that is permanently disrupted by puberty blockers because time machines do not exist. When normal puberty is artificially arrested, valuable time that should be spent in normal development is forever stolen from these children. This time period, during which highly significant and irreplaceable advances in bone, brain, sexual and psycho-social development occur, is time that can never be given back.”
Dr. Cretella went on to say, “the medical establishment is “affirming” a population of emotionally troubled and neurologically diverse youth onto a pathway of chemical and surgical sterilization and other life-long risks. This is eugenics not healthcare. Minors and their parents are being led astray by a few in the medical establishment and greater cultural movement driven by an evil ideology and financial greed, not science and the Hippocratic Oath. The suppression of normal puberty, sterilization, and the surgical mutilation of children constitutes atrocities and crimes against humanity, not healthcare.”
According to the Controlled Substance Database of Utah, the number of female to male transgender minors in Utah going through medical transition in 2019 was 553. That was just the girls, we don’t have the numbers yet for the boys (male to female), but we can assume that it is significant. That would mean that presently approximately 1000 children are being medically “treated” with this experimental treatment. That is a 10000% increase over the last 5 years. A thousand children being used as guinea pigs. A thousand children whose bodies are being mutilated. A thousand children who are being sterilized. And Equality Utah calls this “Healthcare for transgender children.” Appalling.
It is time that the Legislature and the people of Utah do something about this. Please talk to all of the candidates currently running for public office, especially those running for governor or the legislature, about this horrible practice. The legislators are the only ones who can pass a law making it illegal for doctors to give these experimental drugs and medical procedures to children. The governor will then need to sign the bill. That is why we need a commitment from all of them to stop these procedures now.
Our vulnerable children and their futures are at stake.
Please contact Governor Herbert and ask him to sign HB 332, a bill that creates Special Needs Tax Credit Scholarships. This parental choice bill provides additional options to families with special needs students.
Contact the governor's office: You can call directly: 801-538-1000
You can use this online form to send a message/email the Governors Office: https://servicecloudtrial-155c0807bf-158b6dc6793.force.com/governor/s/comments
Some FAQs about HB332:
What is the revenue source for this new scholarship? This new special needs scholarship will be funded using income tax credits, therefore avoiding taking funds directly out of the education fund.
What is a tax credit scholarship? Tax credit scholarships are funded by corporate and individual taxpayers who divert all or a portion of their state income taxes to non-profit organizations who then, in turn, provide scholarships to students in need.
Is this tax credit scholarship capped and if so, how will it grow? This new special needs scholarship caps how much each taxpayer could give at $1 million and caps the overall program at $6 million. Built into the program is a growth mechanism that allows that overall cap to increase each year there is sufficient demand for the scholarship program. If a 90% threshold of donations is reached in relation to the cap, then the cap itself will increase 10% next year.
Would this program just be for private school tuition? No, this new special needs scholarship would operate as a Flexible Education Spending Account. You, the parent would be able to spend the money on a variety of educational products and services that would best benefit your child.
Who would be eligible for this scholarship? The same conditions that currently allow a student to qualify for an IEP (Individual Education Plan) are used to determine who would be eligible as outlined by federal law.
What are some examples of what products and services the scholarship could be used for? The following isn’t an exhaustive list: tutoring, online classes and/or curriculum, private school tuition, educational therapy, mentoring, textbooks, specialized software, and equipment.
What would the amount of the scholarship be? Students exiting the public school system would be eligible for scholarships up to around $7,000 (2 WPUs). Students that are already in a private school or homeschooled would be eligible for scholarships up to around $3,500 (1 WPU). These caps would automatically increase year to year.
Who would oversee these non-profit organizations that would grant the scholarships? The State Board of Education and State Tax Commission would oversee the scholarship granting organizations
How would families actually be able to use these funds?In other states that use these kinds of funding models, there are three primary ways funds are dispersed: debit card, a third-party “marketplace” app, and traditional physical checks.
Read HB 332: le.utah.gov/~2020/bills/static/HB0332.html
Overnight our world has changed! The threat is real. The fear of the Coronavirus Pandemic has caused the government, in many cases, to unjustifiably force us to conform to unreasonable mandates and infringe on our God given, constitutionally protected Liberty. Force creates fear, non-productive behavior, and economic chaos. This is not the time for fear, but for clear-headed thought through faith in God, our spiritual leaders, rational government leadership at all levels, and our capacity to unite and work together. The State of Utah is doing a good job keeping the people informed so they can make wise choices and govern themselves. This is working and most Utahns are trying to do whatever is necessary to be safe. Anne Schlafly Cori, Chairman of National Eagle Forum and daughter of founder, Phyllis Schlafly, wisely said, “In previous pandemics, the sick were isolated. In this pandemic, every single person is isolated.” Stay-at-home orders are already a fact in 42 states.
Utah Eagle Forum believes that our personal Liberty is the most important thing to protect, and we all need to recognize that with Liberty comes responsibility. It is not the proper role of government to force private businesses to close. This will force small business owners, the foundation of our economy, to lose their businesses, employees to be out of work, causing lives to be ruined and families put at risk because there is no income for food, rent, and the necessities of life. There are no financial reserves to carry them through this crisis. When the pandemic is defeated, large and small businesses and their employees will have to live with the reality of the financial dilemma forced on them by government, and the general conversation will be focused mostly on the economic catastrophe and its ongoing fallout. Families will mourn the loss of their loved ones. Faith in government will be further eroded.
Government does have a proper role in any situation of this nature, and its role should be to facilitate and provide every resource necessary to prevent contamination from the Coronavirus as well as developing and distributing all possible solutions and materials for those who ultimately contract the disease. We further believe government has a vital role and responsibility to disseminate, without spin or agenda, the most current, accurate and relevant information regarding threat status and local conditions. Government also has the authority to close the public schools or any other government offices or agencies. In order to promote consistency and continuity, guidelines for the public and the private business sector on how to protect themselves and each other are also an appropriate and needed government responsibility. These defensive measures are appropriate for the common good.
Utah Eagle Forum does not believe that applying force in our current situation, individually or collectively, is appropriate within the scope of the proper role of government, or necessary in promoting the common good. The only exception may be in a specific situation to protect individual lives in imminent danger. We have seen the result of government forcing closures or shut-downs in the private sector. They are devastating and economically catastrophic individually and collectively. This is “shotgun” government mandating, producing no measurable results. Under no logical or rational definition can this be seen as working for the common good. We believe the same result would be achieved voluntarily by virtue of realistic individual and corporate responsibility and self-interest. That is the virtue and reality of a free society and the free market. My husband Don and I have made the decision to stay in our home isolated from family and friends to protect ourselves. We are in the age category of high risk and Don had major heart surgery recently. We did not need the government to force us into quarantine. We also believe most Americans will make wise choices without government coercion. We have already seen this happen as churches and private schools have made the choice to close their doors without government mandates.
Utah Eagle Forum believes that individuals and businesses, given the truth about their situations will do the right thing. Blame is easy but counter-productive, and at this point, irrelevant. We also believe that our governments, federal and state, along with their agencies need to restore fundamental liberties to the people and to the private sector in order to begin to restore the faith they expect of us in them.
Now is the time for all to Stand Up For Liberty. Contact all elected officials, federal, state, counties and cities and let them know that it is not the proper role of government to unnecessarily force closure of private businesses or criminalize peaceful gatherings over an arbitrary limit, or to force citizens into quarantine unless they have tested positive for the virus. Also send this message to all your friends and family. Talk about it on all Social Media. Urgency and panic have prompted acceptance and we cannot, must not accept any unwarranted infringement on our Liberties. The message must be Protecting Liberty and the Proper Role of Government. Do not get into the “weeds” or most people will not listen. God has said, “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land and unto all the inhabitants.” And that is what we must do.
May God bless us, and may God bless America.
Gayle Ruzicka, President - Utah Eagle Forum
We need your help. Please just take 20 minutes today and email the members of the House Health and Human Service Committee and ask them to vote to save thousands of unborn babies. Monday morning, March 9, at 8:00 am, Dan McCay's excellent pro life bill, Abortion Prohibition Amendments, SB 174, will be in the their committee. The bill has already passed the Senate with all the Republicans voting yes and the Democrats all voting no. Now we must get the bill through the House and on the way to the Governor's Desk. This can only happen with your help.
Senator McCay's bill will prohibit doctors from performing abortions in Utah with only limited exceptions. The bill states: "the intentional termination or attempted termination of a human pregnancy after implantion of a fertilized ovum through a medical procedure carried out by a physician or through a substance used under the direction of a physician;"
SB 174 would go into effect when the Supreme Court votes to overturn Roe v. Wade. Most importantly, it protects babies from all elective abortions, regardless of gestational age.
This bill met stiff opposition when it was heard in the Senate and we expect the same opposition in the House Committee. Please show your support and solidarity to stop the atrocity of abortion.
Please come to the Capital Monday morning. The meeting will be in the Senate building in room 210. Remember to contact the members of the committee (listed below) today and urge them to vote FOR SB 174.
There is only 4 days left of the legislative session and there is a lot to accomplish in a very short time. Only with your help will this bill pass.
Thank you for working to save unborn babies.
Rep. Brad M. Daw (R), Chair
Republican, District 60, 801-850-3608,
Rep. Kelly B. Miles (R), Vice Chair
Republican, District 11, 801-458-8270,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Davis, Weber
Rep. Stewart E. Barlow (R)
District 17, 801-289-6699,
Rep. Steve Eliason (R)
Republican, District 45, 801-673-4748
email@example.com, Salt Lake
Rep. Marsha Judkins (R)
Republican, District 61, 801-669-6962,
Rep. Candice B. Pierucci (R)
District 52, 385-414-1488
firstname.lastname@example.org, Salt Lake
Rep. Paul Ray (R)
District 19, 801-440-8765
Rep. Rex P. Shipp (R)
Republican, District 72, 435-590-1073
Rep. Robert M. Spendlove (R)
Republican, District 49, 801-560-5394
email@example.com, Salt Lake
Rep. Norman K. Thurston (R)
District 64, 801-477-5348,
Rep. Raymond P. Ward (R)
District 19, 801-440-8765
Yesterday, March 2nd the Senate passed SB 174 "Abortion Prohibition Amendments” it passed 23 to 6. All the Republicans voted Yes and all the Democrats voted No.
This bill, Sponsored by State Senator Dan McCay, will prohibit a doctor from performing an abortion with limited exceptions. The bill states: "the intentional termination or attempted termination of human pregnancy after implantion of a fertilized ovum through a medical procedure carried out by a physician or through a substance used under the direction of a physician;" This legislation will go into effect when Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court and the authority is returned back to Utah and the other States to set their own Abortion laws.
When introducing the bill Senator McCay said "I have long felt that Abortion is wrong" he went on to say that is why he is sponsoring this bill. https://le.utah.gov/~2020/bills/static/sb0174.html
Your emails, phone calls and texts to legislature are extremely important and made a huge positive difference in passing this legislation to protect the unborn.
SB 174 now moves to the House of Representives for a vote. We need you to contact your State Representative and ask them to vote in favor of the bill (SB174) that will stop elective abortions except in certain circumstances.
Here is news on the bills passing:
Here are links to local and national news on the bill passing:
Volunteers of Utah Eagle Forum.