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H.C.R. 7 Enrolled






Sponsor: Karen W. Morgan

                  Judy Ann Buffmire
                  LaVar Christensen
                  Brent H. Goodfellow
                  James R. Gowans
                  Ann W. HardyBradley T. Johnson
Patricia W. Jones
Brad King
Ty McCartneyCarol Spackman Moss
Joseph G. Murray
LaWanna Lou Shurtliff
Michael R. Styler                   This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges Utah's public
                  elementary and secondary schools to promote character and citizenship education
                  through an emphasis on teaching civic responsibility and respect for others.
                  Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
                      WHEREAS, never before in the history of the United States and the world has there
                  been a greater need to nurture and teach youth as they develop strong individual character and
                  become good citizens;
                      WHEREAS, schools can play a crucial role in facing the increasing challenge of finding
                  common ground among those of differing cultures and attitudes;
                      WHEREAS, during this time of turmoil, the importance of a student's grasp of the
                  concepts of civic responsibility and respect for the rights of others cannot be underestimated;
                      WHEREAS, the religious liberty clauses of the First Amendment enable Americans to
                  find common ground for living respectfully and civilly with one another in the midst of diverse
                      WHEREAS, rights, including religious liberty and constitutional freedoms, are basic,
                  inalienable, and founded on the inviolable dignity of each person;
                      WHEREAS, character and citizenship education should emphasize that each individual
                  is responsible to respect the rights of others and their constitutional freedoms;
                      WHEREAS, students should understand that respecting others is crucial, that debate
                  and disagreement are vital in a democracy, and that individuals and groups must resolve their

                  differences and learn to live cordially with those who do not agree;
                      WHEREAS, respect demands that the manner in which issues are debated is just as
                  important as the topic of dialogue, and that the heart of good citizenship is a strong commitment
                  to the civic values that enable people to find common ground and treat one another with civility
                  and respect in spite of deep differences;
                      WHEREAS, the promotion of civic responsibility and respect for the rights of others in
                  Utah's public schools can increase civility and good citizenship among students and spread to
                  siblings, parents, and ultimately the entire community;
                      WHEREAS, a group of prominent Utah citizens gathered together in May of 2001 to
                  form the "Alliance for Unity" in an effort to increase the level of respect and understanding
                  among the diverse citizens of Utah; and
                      WHEREAS, promoting civic responsibility and respect for the rights of others can bring
                  greater peace and happiness and help prepare today's students to make a profound impact for
                  good on the future of their communities, the nation, and the world:
                      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
                  Governor concurring therein, urge Utah's public schools to provide character and citizenship
                  education that promotes civic responsibility and respect for the rights of others, and to recognize
                  the essential role these principles play in preserving the peace and happiness of each individual.
                      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor recognize those
                  Utah schools and education leaders whose teaching and practicing of civic responsibility and
                  respect for the rights of others has brought honor and distinction to the state.
                      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah State
                  Board of Education, the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah State Parent-Teacher
                  Association, and to each public school district and public elementary and secondary school in

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