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Dr. Reed A. Benson

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Agricultural Economist and Market...

Phone: (208) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Boise , Idaho , United States
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow , Idaho 83844
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state's flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university. The...   more

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  • master's degree , agricultural economics
    Iowa State College
  • University of California
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Ezra Taft Benson, 13 Sept 2006 [cached]
by Reed A. Benson
The Benson family in 1943 at the time of Elder Benson's call to the apostleship: Ezra and his wife, Flora Amussen Benson, with their children (left to right) Bonnie, Mark, Barbara, Beverly, and (standing) Reed.
Of his wife, President Benson said, "She had more faith in me than I had in myself" (Dew, p. 96). One Church leader commented that if there were more women in the Church like Sister Benson, there would be more men in the Church like Brother Benson. They became the parents of six children—Reed, Mark, Barbara, Beverly, Bonnie, and Beth.
Benson received a research scholarship to Iowa State College, where he obtained his master's degree in agricultural economics on June 13, 1927. He returned to the family farm, which he and his brother Orval had purchased from their father, and on March 4, 1929, was appointed Franklin County agricultural agent. He helped farmers solve their problems by setting up demonstration farms, inviting in specialists, teaching crop rotation, and introducing improved varieties of grains.
In 1930, he was promoted to agricultural economist and marketing specialist for the University of Idaho, with offices in the state capitol in Boise. Traveling throughout Idaho, he encouraged farmers to work cooperatively in producing and marketing their goods. For five years, he served as the executive secretary of the Idaho Cooperative Council. He took a leave in 1936 for additional graduate study, attending the University of California in Berkeley on a fellowship awarded by the Giannini Foundation for Agricultural Economics. Soon after his return to Boise, he was called by the Church in November 1938 to serve as stake president. In April 1939, he became executive secretary of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Moore Academy : Elijah Award, 3 Nov 2014 [cached]
Reflects Dr. Moore, "God, with the likes of Reader's Digest, James Dobson, John Holt, Reed Benson, thousands of media, and all of you, turned home education into a giant movement."
Dr. Reed A. Benson and May Hinckley Benson
The 2001 Elijah Award was presented to Dr. Reed A. Benson and his wife, May Hinckley Benson.
Dr. Reed A. Benson is a professor in the Ancient Scripture Department at Brigham Young University and teaches a thousand students a semester. He has written for a national news magazine, lectured widely, and interviewed with numerous TV and print outlets. A former Air Force Chaplain during the Korean War, he was the President of the Kentucky, Louisville Mission, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served as Branch President in Oxford, England and in the Israel District Presidency.
Finally, our featured speaker will be ..., 30 Sept 2000 [cached]
Finally, our featured speaker will be Reed Benson, BYU religion teacher and the first ever to do a Doctoral thesis on homeschooling, speaking on "Homeschooling: the Wave of the Future".We feel that this conference will be supportive, helpful, and rejuvenating for families who are already homeschooling, and valuable and informative for those who are considering home schooling and would like to know more.
The cost to attend $14 dollars per person, $20 per couple.Those who pre-register will have resource packets reserved and waiting for them at the conference event.
Question and Answer 21, 5 Jan 2007 [cached]
When we were courting, we received counsel from Reed Benson, President Benson's son and a religion instructor at BYU, regarding the impact of age differences on a marriage. He is 12 years older than his wife and they have achieved a very happy marriage. (See Dating and Courtship home page)
LDS Homeschool Association, 26 Sept 2005 [cached]
Read more about Reed Benson and homeschooling LDS Homeschool Association
Dr. Reed Benson and his wife May could be considered the parents of the modern LDS homeschool movement. Dr. Benson is a retired BYU professor of religion and oldest son of President Ezra Taft Benson.
When I started homeschooling in the early 1980's, Reed Benson was one of the first LDS voices I heard saying what I was thinking.
When they moved to Kentucky to preside over the Kentucky Louisville Mission, they had a difficult time getting their children accepted into Christian schools, so for the first time, May and Reed put their children into public schools.
After their mission, they returned to Utah where Reed began working on his doctorate degree at Brigham Young University. Driving back to Utah, they stopped at the Christian Liberty Academy in Prospect Heights, Illinois. Reed was impressed with the correspondence course there and began to think about homeschooling.
Brother Benson broke the news to May: "What do you say for my professional education project we put all of our children into home school for one year?"
Reed continues, "Well, when I took her off the ceiling, she said to me, 'Reed, don't you think I have anything else to do?' " After that first year, they both loved homeschooling so much that they continued to homeschool all of their children.
In 1981, Reed Benson wrote what is believed to be the first doctoral dissertation on homeschooling in the nation. His dissertation was a popular purchase for many years at homeschool conferences and through the mail. I know several people who bought more than one copy: one to keep and one to loan.
Because the dissertation is out of print, newer homeschoolers may be unfamiliar with this classic, which is very unfortunate. Last week, through a wonderful series of events, LDS-NHA obtained permission to provide a pdf copy of Reed Benson's doctoral dissertation on the LDS National Homeschool Association website. We are very excited to be able to provide this classic to everyone free of charge through the great generosity of Dr. Benson.
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