Pledge to Teach the Truth

Signatures

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

Kim Cozby | Burnet, TX
What's happening in our schools across our great country is abhorrent. My heart breaks for our youth. We need to stand up against these tyrannical liberals whose only goal is to break our country, using the minds and bodies of innocent children to pave their way.
Catherine Henderson | Granger, IN
Jill Wadycki-Cruz | Hobart, IN
Ashley Huff AS
I believe our history is important and we shouldn't hide the truth of it.
Lydia Miles , ID
As an educator and ally, I want to be intentional about addressing inequities in the school system and community in which I live. I commit to advocating for my students by using my voice in situations where the truth is not told, and creating a classroom where my students are given the opportunity to consider the truth. As the NEA states, “every student deserves a safe, welcoming, affirming learning environment,” and I believe that teaching the truth about people's history is a massive part of that.
Holly Bombria , CO
Facts matter. Even ugly and unpleasant facts.
Miriam Ezzani | Fort Worth, TX
I believe it's important to tell the truth. It's impossible to move forward with creating a better society so everyone can have quality of life when we're not willing to look at the systems and structures that have created generational gaps or disparities in education, economics, health, and more.
Jasmin Daigle-Arnold | Baton Rouge, LA
black and brown students deserve to know and understand why things are the way they are. It is crucial to their success that they are taught through an African American lens. In Eurocentric texts that are required across the state, BIPOC are portrayed as inferior, inhumane and often intimidating. That is not the version of history that these students need inorder to stop surviving and start thriving.
Brian Leonard | Worcester, MA
Barbara Van Eeckhout | Vashon, WA
-Ben Macko- , ME
Larry Johnson | Marysville, WA
Echo Westfall , WA
The truth matters and we have to have the lessons of the past available to us so we don't keep repeating the mistakes of history.
Kristen Brett | Oakland, CA
Anne McAndrew | Rochester, NY
Caitlin Griffin | Bartonville, IL
Joan Dionne | Murphys, CA
I believe all those teaching need the support of all those that are not teaching. I believe that we can not discourage racism without being fully aware of it.
Sarah Kaney | Bellevue, WA
Susan Thornburg | Tacoma, WA
We are charged with honoring the contributions of ALL to the building of our nation. We cannot abridge the teaching of history without risking it repeating itself.
Kimberley Figueroa | Dublin, PA
We’ve been lied to for far too long.
Robbie Gill | Little Rock, AR
I refuse to allow the silences of the past to be suppressed and lost. I will allow their voices to be heard to the farthest corners of the nation.
Katey Smith , WA
Hannah Henry
I believe all lives don't matter until Black Lives Matter in our communities and especially in our schools. I believe that education is unjust unless and until black and brown stories are also taught and learned by all people. I believe an injustice in our society will persist and grow unless and until we begin Teaching Truth.
Hannah Kennedy | Baltimore, MD
Crystal Meisinger , KS
I believe eliminating CRT from public education devalues an honest telling of our history.

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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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