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I am still struck by a report I heard months ago by an educator studying the needs of the District’s school system. He had found, in studying the children, that up to about the third grade they were bright, ambitious, eager to learn; but that somewhere after that, the boys in particular would become apathetic, hostile, antagonistic. Whatever the reasons, this educator found out that if you put them with male teachers, things changed. Give them men, and they brightened, they worked, they felt proud of themselves. They had role models. And we’ve seen much the same thing in our After-School program. Women volunteers get ignored; men get attention.

We need role models for children. I think the lesson is plain. Men of militant mercy need to get involved with children.

(From a sermon by Joseph Smith, "Men of Militant Mercy" 1/15/2009)

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