New Lesson Manuals: Weekend Poll

By: wheatmeister
February 2, 2013

2013 has seen the launch of new lesson manuals for the youth:  YW, YM and Sunday School.  People have long been requesting that the youth manuals be updated.  But there has also been criticism that the YW manuals are all written passively in comparison to YM, to reinforce sexual stereotypes.  The manuals are also much more flexible for teachers.  For Sunday School, there are 5 lessons to choose from for the month of January, and the lesson plans are very open.

What do you think of the new youth curriculum? (choose up to 2)

  • A huge improvement, long overdue. (60%, 26 Votes)
  • They foster more application and discussion and less dogmatic lecture. (44%, 19 Votes)
  • Much better coordinated than before. The lessons will be more coherent and themed. Kids will be able to really dig in and learn the gospel. (21%, 9 Votes)
  • More sexist claptrap promoting early marriage and male superiority. (16%, 7 Votes)
  • The lessons leave too much to the teacher's discretion and will result in repeated lessons and teacher's inserting their own views. (16%, 7 Votes)
  • Finally - equality for YW and YM in the lessons, encouraging spiritual growth for both sexes using equal materials. (7%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 43

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If you have taught using the new manuals, what do you think?  If you have kids being taught by the new manuals, what do they think? Discuss.

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4 Responses to New Lesson Manuals: Weekend Poll

  1. Hedgehog on February 3, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    For my first choice, none of the above fitted, so:
    Finally, YM and YW are studying the same subjects. I wish they were be using equal materials.

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  2. NewlyHousewife on February 3, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I think the overhaul was long over due, but looking at the lessons online it seemed like an uphill battle for parents to keep tabs on what is being taught to their children.

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  3. Heather on February 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Long overdue!!! Thank you for the update

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  4. Suzee on February 4, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    As much as we needed new manuals I’m not sure if this is going to be successful. It’s a step in the right direction but I’m afraid that unless you are a natural teacher, this is going to fail. It seems to depend on the teacher facilitating a discussion based on a monthly theme. Unless you have very motivated youth and an exceptional teacher I just don’t see this working. It reminds me of when the Church eliminated the missionary discussions completely and we were to teach solely by the Spirit. That didn’t last too long as I recall. I am optimistic that we are on the right track with making changes.

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