Sutherland Newsletter – September 13, 2007

1.Natural Family Book Featured in National Review and on C-SPAN

Conservative magazine icon, National Review, published a highly complimentary review of the book, The Natural Family: A Manifesto, co-authored by Paul T. Mero, president of Sutherland, and Allan C. Carlson, founder of the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society.  Of the book, W. Bradford Wilcox wrote, “Now there is a cause around which conservatives can unite.”


Mero and Carlson will be discussing their book at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. tomorrow, September 7, 2007, at noon (EST).  C-SPAN has confirmed that they will air the presentation.


2.Senate Site Describes New Sutherland Research as a “Striking Analysis”

The Senate Site is featuring Sutherland’s Vouchers, Vows, and Vexations on their homepage, calling it a “striking analysis of education systems, reforms, and battles from early Utah settlement to now.”  Ric Cantrell, chief deputy of the Utah Senate, writes, “This is the most interesting forty pages I’ve read all month.”

3.Sutherland Takes Vouchers, Vows and Vexations on Tour

Sutherland Institute is taking its latest publication, Vouchers, Vows and Vexations, on the road.  On September 11, 2007, Paul T. Mero, president of Sutherland, presented before the Draper/Riverton chapter of the Rotary Club.  Referring to the education research underlying the publication and how it relates to the voucher discussion, he said, “One of the things I hope you’ll take out of this is that there were eight characteristics we felt created a commonality throughout Utah’s history.”
1.  We are all lovers of learning.
2.  We are no respecters of persons.
3.  We know that a good education must be uplifting and beneficial to the human spirit.
4.  We are cooperative.
5.  We yearn to be free.
6.  We are an efficient people.
7.  We are generous and charitable.
8.  We are a family people.
This was the first of several presentations that will be given by Sutherland Institute to provide accurate information to Utahns as they prepare to vote on the voucher referendum.  Next week, presentations will be made in Price to the Rotary Club and in Salt Lake City with the Kiwanis Club.  For a list of dates and all upcoming events, click here.


4.What Utah’s History Teaches Us About Vouchers: Part 2 of 6

On September 9, 2007, the Deseret Morning News and Salt Lake Tribune published the second of a six-part series written by the Sutherland Institute.  The series examines the major forces from Utah’s historical records and cites their relevancy for today’s school vouchers debate.  Part Two covers the period in state history from 1869 to statehood in 1896.


This period presented new challenges for the pioneer settlers and brought new influences on education in Utah.  The years directly preceding statehood present some of the most critical times in defining Utah’s “education identity.”  Three influences, more than any others, helped to significantly shape education policy just prior to statehood: 1) LDS Church members’ desires to replicate the public school system had throughout much of the rest of the nation, 2) growing anti-Mormon sentiment throughout the territory, and 3) national politics.


Part Three in the series will run this Sunday, September 16, 2007, and will focus on the “sifting” and consolidation years from 1897 to 1940.