Pledge to Teach the Truth


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

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
Catherine OBRYON | Kensington, MD
Humans have the right to learn. Trust is developed. Truthful information is the basis of education. Reason and respect are taught.
Jennifer Abastillas | London, GB
Education is the key to social change. Holistically involving all voices and perspectives is the verity of our 21st century existence. We must protect our freedom to form beliefs and opinions based on evidence-based research. No student ever forgets the moment they become a critical thinker. Our job as educators is to provide those moments of awakening everyday.
Mary Schimmelbusch | Renton, WA
Students have the right to know the truth about past and present America.
Jacquelyn Urbani | San Francisco, CA
Marta Repollet | Portland, OR
Katrina Halsey | Milwaukee, WI
Teaching for truth and transparency will combat fear and hate. It is our job as educators to give our students the tools that they will need as they enter the adult world and make the difference is that we need. My family comes from Kansas City, Missouri and therefore my routes are in Missouri change needs to begin now.
Jen Collier | Walnut Creek, CA
The truth is the truth and that’s what we should be teaching.
Tracy Ahmadian | Smithfield, RI
I am signing because I want our children to understand the American history of white supremacy, so we can all break this cycle of oppression. All Americans are affected by these systems of oppression. I as a white person have had to educate myself to see my own internal biases that have contributed to upholding white supremacy. Let us learn the truth so we can all heal.
Jess Nickelsen | Buffalo, MN
We can’t learn from our history if we don’t acknowledge ALL of it.

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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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