Pledge to Teach the Truth

Signatures

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

Emily Sanchez | Bronx, NY
Catherine Lewis | Berkeley, CA
Our children deserve and have the right to their own history and must know the history of this country. #TeachtheTruth #DisobeyUnjustLaws
Casey Chrapuch | Edison
my students are affected daily by the hard histories of the past.
Annette Bethel | Irmo, SC
Rebecca Joyce | Los Angeles, CA
Alexandra Whyte | College Park, MD
Adults have a responsibility to make sure children know the grave mistakes that have been made in our history, the disregard for the humanity and gifts of all people. If we do teach about the mistakes that have been made, they can and will happen again. If we do not teach the mistakes we have made, we are doing an injustice to our fellow human beings. If we do not teach about the mistakes that have been made, we are complicit in continuing their legacy.
Anton Schulzki | Colorado Springs, CO
There can be nothing more insidious than the eradication of a subject from the curriculum because of fear, intimidation, intolerance, or political indifference.
Corinna Ferro | Williamsburg, VA
in order to change the future, we must teach the truth of the past.
Katie Glupker | Ann Arbor, MI
Students are future voters and need the truth to make informed, just decisions.
David Torres | Colorado Springs, CO
We can only grow as a nation by learning from our past mistakes. Ignoring them will not make them go away, but in fact will continue through generations. Protect our future, our teachers and unite our people with knowledge…no matter how much the past hurts.
Tymm Hoffman | Colorado Springs, CO
The accurate teaching of TRUE history in classrooms - starting at an early age - is an important and critical step towards breaking down barriers to change and positive advancement in this country. Armed with the truth - a whole generation can start the difficult process of CHANGING THE FUTURE rather than RELIVING THE PAST.
Angelica Givler | Colorado Springs, CO
My students deserve to know the truth. They are a diverse population and whitewashing events hurts everyone.
Carrie Young | Colorado Springs, CO
My students deserve the truth about THEIR history!
Joseph Shelton | Colorado Springs, CO
Cara Marshall | Colorado Springs, CO
Truth matters!
Lea Wilson | Puerto Octay, PR
Our youth is our future. They must be armed with the most important weapons - truth and knowledge. This is the only way we evolve into a truly democratic, just society, where equality, equity, and innovative thinking are ingrained in our institutions and our people.
Michelle Reidel | Statesboro, GA
Renee Agatsuma | Seattle, WA
Our students deserve to learn about real history, not sanitized history that is built on a colonialist myth. I don't want a history that ignores multiple groups of people. I want to give my students what I never had growing up - an emphasis of the power of people and about groups that have pushed back during great times of injustice, and the bloody resistance they faced (and people still face). The rights and privileges we have today, such as having a weekend, are a result of hard work of multiple people. I want to help my students understand that we have not yet lived up to our ideals of "Liberty and Justice for All", but that there are many in history who have pushed to make sure that we do live up to those ideas. And they are worth learning about. In my science classes, I will not hide issues of environmental injustice, red-lining, the wealth gap, and how they affect our health today. My students deserve to know the truth, so that they can learn how to work more towards justice and liberty for all.
Robert Martin | Chicago, IL
I am a soon to be teacher. It is immensely important to me that students feel empowered, seen, valued, and challenged. The truth always challenges, and when we are challenging the truth, we are committing too lies. Students grow with one another when they understand where one another came from and what another cares about, what another experiences, and this should be explored no matter if the history or conversation is hard.
Whitney Blankenship | AUSTIN, TX
Students deserve the truth. Learning the full history of the nation, warts and all, is what compels us to push toward change and recognize the contributions of all people. Without a truthful history we are unable to make the necessary changes needed to live up to the founders’ ideals. Furthermore, everyone deserves to see themselves as part of the historical narrative.
Tamra Snell | Austin, TX
Our students deserve truth and honest history. We cannot deny the hard history of the United States. Students are capable of handling complex truths. Our LGBTQ+ students and families are part of our communities. Their lives deserve to be represented in history and on the pages of books that students have access to in classrooms and libraries.
Genevieve Van-Catledge | Wilmington, DE
Matt Rector | Schenectady, NY
Restricting people's access to information or perspectives is antithetical to the core concepts of education.
Jerise Fogel | New York, NY
History offers us a way to see ourselves and where we have come from. Distorting this mirror means denying ourselves a truthful and meaningful identity. Teach truth, love justice.
Alexia Buono | Montpelier, VT

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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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