McKay: The Need for a Truly Educated Citizenry

David O. McKay

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, David O. McKay

Education for citizenship requires more emphasis upon the advantages and blessings of the American Way of Life . . . . why should we not see to it that every child in America is taught the superiority of our Constitution and the sacredness of the freedom of the individual? . . . God and individual freedom are fundamental principles in our glorious Republic, and our obligation is to keep in our schools a reverence for Deity and respect for the dignity of the individual man . . . . I believe that only through a truly educated citizenry can the ideals that inspired the Founding Fathers of our nation be preserved and perpetuated.

Source: David O. McKay, LDS Church News, March 13, 1954. David O. McKay (1873–1970), served as Ninth Pres­i­dent of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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