Letter: Perhaps Owens should visit a school. He might learn what’s actually taught there.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah congressman Burgess Owens participates in the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

Dear Rep. Burgess Owens,

It is my understanding that you think that the public schools are promoting an LGBTQ+ lifestyle among Utah’s children.


Well, sir, with all due respect, I would ask that you share with the voters an accounting of your time in the teaching profession where you learned all of this. You should also share your educational background complete with your diploma/s in education where you learned that this is the accepted practice.

At the very least you should be able to share precise examples of this policy being carried out in our schools, before you make such inflammatory accusations.

I have three university degrees in education, and have spent 48 years as a teacher in the public schools in Utah. With all of that training, and experience I have never seen any practice like the accusations you have so flippantly cast at our public schools and professional educators.

I have observed understanding, kindness, and inclusion taught to our children, on a daily basis. I have taught these correct principles myself, and continue to do so. Perhaps you might do well to sit in an elementary classroom, and learn some of these principles yourself.

Tom Lewis, Sandy

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