Pledge to Teach the Truth


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

Robert Smith | Winston-Salem, NC
Let's all speak truth to power and make our classrooms as safe place for all our students!
Maria Peterson
Philimena Owona | Upper Marlboro, MD
teaching and learning about true history empower people to change what was wrong, by now choosing to do what is moral, ethical, and humane; and unite under that humanity.
Charmaine Banks | Upper Marlboro, MD
I am a black educator and all students deserve to another about each others cultures. We should not be written out of history. OUR LIVES MATTER...BLACK LIVES MATTER
Timothy Wilson | Clinton, MD
I want to see our country turn away from its racist past and embrace an equitable, diverse, moral future.
Adrian Turner | Upper Marlboro, MD
There is no progress without the truth.
Sharn Boone-Ruffin | Capitol Heights, MD
It's better to teach the truth, than live with the lies.
DANE FECH | Jersey City, NJ
People should not be afraid of their governments... governments should be afraid of their people.
Paulyna Rivera , GA
When we know better, we do better.
PD Lawson | Clemson, SC
Kim Lee
Melanie Wolf | Los Angeles, CA
Bringing awareness to the racist undercurrents of our country, and gaining the tools to dismantle racism from a young age, is pivotal to improving society for our children and future generations
Laura Masters | Council Bluffs, IA
Brie Wattier | Washington, DC
In order to be the change makers we want future generations to be, they need to be properly equipped with an accurate understanding of our nation's history
Brit Cavalieri
Margaret blackford | Georgetown, GA
The truth should be made as available as possible. This country has a history of institutionalized reacism and students are not even exposed to the knowledge.
Linda Yoki | Lafayette, IN
Teaching that is supported by scholarly research and research methods that are supported by colleagues and other disciplines is fundamental to an informed, prepared citizen pool in our country.
Russell George , SC
I believe that truth leads to genuine understanding. At a time when teachers are being forced to whitewash history I refuse to lie to students.
CARINA GIVENS | Arkansas City, KS
... denying students a thorough education inclusive of the origins and continued prevalence of white superiority in [American] social, political, education, and economic systems will only amplify the inequities that promote the dominance of the status quo, preserve their privileges, and reinforce their influence/power, while continuing to oppress status-quo-nonmembers under the guise of social and economic programs that provide a false perception of aid.
Sheri Caligan | Hillsborough, NC
Patricia Farmer | Fort Pierce, FL
Everyone should understand their heritage!
Elle Bramble | Houston, TX
Our children deserve the TRUTH
Ron Neely | Fayetteville, WV
We can't improve until we admit imperfection!
Glenda Campbell | Sorrento, FL
I am a retired elementary and LD teacher. I will never lie about the truth of our country’s past history! A YOUNG PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, by HOWARD ZINN, is a book every child should read!
Mink Chung | New York, NY

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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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