Pledge to Teach the Truth


This is the list of people who have signed the pledge or petition to date.

Monica Rice | Beaumont, CA
We can not teach if we are not allowed to think critically.
Sarah Hinds | Oakland, CA
We are stronger when we confront the truth, heal, and grow, not when we plug our ears and lie to ourselves and our children. Children can handle the truth, and they deserve to learn it. Pretending will not make our history go away. We are strong enough to face the good and the bad.
Ayeesha Davis | New York, NY
It matters & excluding us and the truth from history is just a continuation of modern day oppression and “slavery.”
Magdalena Hernandez | San Bernardino, CA
Sulakshna Anand | San Ramon, CA
Jennifer Schmitz | Oakland, CA
My students deserve to learn about the real history of our country. I will not dilute any of the horrible facts of our past.
Lorna Latoni | Chula Vista, CA
Societies are responsible for passing on truth to the future generations, regardless of how painful. If not, pain and dysfunction gets perpetuated without end.
Tara Miller | Saint Paul, MN
I'm committed to representing all of my students' diverse experiences and identities through the texts we read. Literature provides an insight into others' experiences and enables understanding, empathy and empowerment to flourish. When one person's experiences differ from our own, we can learn. And they can learn from us. This is the power of education.
Anthony Slaughter | Denver, CO
I support my fellow educators that teach the truth about U.S. history and current events.
Eddie Lopez | Montebello, CA
If we are truly committed to creating a "more perfect union" and treating people equally then it must begin in the classrooms by teaching/exposing our youth to the truth.
Dwayne Warren | Richmond, CA
Marla Prochnow | Visalia, CA
I will continue to teach truth. I will also continue to protect scholarship and academic freedom. Long live science, logic, and critical thinking. I don’t know how teach any other way.
Manjot K Pannu | El Sobrante, CA
The truth is the only way we can understand ourselves, each other, and our past. We have to embrace it all to create a better, stronger, freer, and more just country.
Raquel Frausto | Santa Barbara, CA
Black Lives Matter everyday!
Kayla Ulrich | Sacramento, CA
Mariann Vasquez | Stockton, CA
I will not lie to my students. I swear to tell them truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!
Emily Rude | Lindsborg, KS
Well, I'm not going to teach falsehoods. I teach science. My students have a right to know how things really were and how things really are. If they don't know the truth, how can they build strong communities and innovate?
Kyle Apgar | Philadelphia, PA
Scott Moore | Putney, VT
It is all of our duty and responsibility to make sure that a historical truth is examined from all perspectives. Without this fluidity of thought, the dangers of fascism and racism begin to pool and infect surrounding communities.
It should be criminal to teach anything else.
Alaina Stothers | Berkeley, CA
racism is experienced by my students everyday. To not talk and teach about race and racism would be to deny their experience. This would actively harm my students. So yeah, teaching them about systemic oppression and racism is painful, but ignoring that it exists is downright abusive. We need to do better as a country and start telling the truth about what is going on here, what has been going on from the very beginning.
Joyana Damon | Gill, MA
We can only grow to be better people and a better country if we know what truly happened in the past.
Donald Yrump | Washington, DC
Veronica Ainsa | Seattle, WA
Duke Banks | Kansas City, MO
A teacher should be committed to one essential fact, and that is to teach students to think for themselves. Without anything outside themselves to manipulate any valuable thought.

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6 comments on “Pledge to Teach the Truth

  1. Maribeth Jaeske on

    As an educator who is serious about teaching the truth I will not be bullied into silence. I will do my part in the fight for equity and equality by making sure my students are most equipped to fight this ugliness in the real world.

  2. Marianne Golding on

    Yes, the truth of American history needs to be taught, but also its impact on the rest of the world, such as its role in WWII. I just finished teaching a college-level course on the Holocaust, and could not believe how little the students knew about the rest of the world’s participation in the war! They seemed to believe that WWII was ended by the US alone!

  3. Alexander Hines on

    “When you begin to do things that raise the achievement of the poorest and disenfranchised students, you may not always get applause. You need to be ready for that.” Dr. Asa Hilliard

    “Resistance is a powerful motivator precisely because it enables us to fulfill our longing to achieve our goals while letting us boldly recognize and name the obstacles to those achievements.”
    Dr. Derrick Bell

  4. Deborah Millikan on

    Our young people deserve the truth and it is our kuleana (responsibility) to give space and opportunity for the truth and the difficult conversations.

  5. Bill Ivey on

    Social justice is a major theme of my Humanities 7 course, and my school uses Dr. Gholdy Muhammad’s HILL framework (development of identity, skills, knowledge, Criticality) to frame our entire curriculum. Student agency through research work and essay writing, and action-oriented civic engagement work, define what we “cover” in my course.

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