A SL Tribune editorial on LDS Seminary

Officials at the Canyons School District, Utah's first new district in 100 years, want to do things a little differently, and better, than other districts, although Superintendent David Doty puts it more diplomatically. He stops short of criticizing the status quo but says he sees in his new district an opportunity to set the academic bar higher and inspire students to work harder.

We believe Doty and his staff should be applauded for raising expectations and supported in establishing a tiered diploma system that helps students focus on classes they need to prepare for careers and college. But some parents are worried that their children, if required to take more advanced courses in math, science, foreign languages and English, won't have time left in the day for "electives" -- drama, sports, music -- or for seminary classes taught off-campus by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

We believe that Doty has enough of a challenge without trying to accommodate non-credit religious instruction during the school day.

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