Why Teachers Want More Lessons on Religion in School

Twenty years of teaching had taught Martha Ball to expect the unexpected, especially around seventh graders.

As she started a new job teaching social studies at Butler Middle School in the mid-1980s, she was prepared for whispers, passed notes and other acts of mild rebellion. What she got was the threat of a lawsuit and a cruel, taunting chant.

The class had begun with a syllabus explanation that included Utah Studies, or the unit in which she'd lecture on the Mormon migration west.

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