Pledge to Teach the Truth


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

kathleen Boyle | Chimacum, WA
I believe students need to know the truth and education is crucial to a just world.
Laura Chinofsky | Northampton Twp, PA
Jolene Chartier | Milwaukee, WI
Dorine Waugh-Sanders | Philadelphia, PA
I have made the promise to myself, my students and my school to teach my students the truth about the history about the African American people, in my African American History class, and the truth about any history that I am teaching.
Teal Abel | Carthage, NY
Suzie Garrett | Chico, CA
Teaching ALL the truths will let us ALL have the opportunity to celebrate everyone and what we ALL have to offer the world of best human ness !
Monique McKenney | Philadelphia, PA
Adam Fein | Philadelphia, PA
You cannot be neutral on a moving train.
kevin katz | Philadelphia, PA
Katherine Barlow | Philadelphia, PA
Hugh G. Rection | Woodstock, IL
We must not try to hide the parts of our past that paints us in a bad light. It's a necessary piece to understand the cultural and economical divide we face today, and to advance our understanding of the communities around us.
Susan Eleuterio | Highland, IN
Critical thinking is essential for all students and without facts and an understanding of historically accurate information , we are in danger of repeating past mistakes .
Andrea Kane | Belcamp, MD
Students need to learn the truth about US History and be valued for the individual and collective gifts they bring to the classroom/school.
Dan Giordano | Hammonton, NJ
carol obenour | Vancouver, WA
As a former teacher; a parent, grandparent and citizen of the world, I wish to continue to support quality in education: giving students the opportunity to learn from the past in such a way that they can think critically. In order to think critically, you need to know what you believe and why. We need to continue to give students credit for being able to learn how society and civilizations have behaved in the past and use that knowledge to make evolved decisions both individually and collectively as they move forward into their futures. Therein lies any hope we may have for an enlightened global co-existence and the healing and protection for this planet.
Jennifer Poethig | Milwaukee, WI
I believe our students need to know truths from what was "TAUGHT" in schools in prior years.
Kari Lehman | Chicago, IL
Natalia Ortiz | Astoria, NY
Heather Plucinski | Milwaukee, WI
Dan Kartz | Milwaukee, WI
Real history needs to be taught.
Thomas Smith | Hightstown, NJ
I believe in teaching the truth.
Virginia Warfield | Portland, OR
ALL students have the right to know accurate history and how systems of oppression interact to maintain and reinforce racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and all forms of oppression which run counter to the values and ideals of a true democracy.
Sade Montano | Newark, DE
Shari Mauro | Fort Lauderdale, FL
Teach the truth. Not propaganda. Pray pray pray to God for the USA and our students future.
Kristin Rosenberg | Stoughton, WI
I am signing my name because teaching the truth is important to me.

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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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