Pledge to Teach the Truth


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

Laura Icedo | Whittier, CA
Students have the right to know and question historical narratives. They have the right to know all perspectives.
Kevin Jordan | Rosemead, CA
Crisanta Velazquez | Los Angeles, CA
I believe in teaching the truth about U.S History, even to 6 & 7 year olds.
Rachelle Gonzales | Los Angeles, CA
I believe students need to know the truth of our history to deeply understand the current problems our society faces, and to give them hope to make it a better place.
Jonathan Shapiro | Los Angeles, CA
The contributions that marginalized individuals have made to society can never be ignored. I would be remiss in my responsibilities as an educator if I promoted ignorance.
Rachael Steele | Los Angeles, CA
Truth matters. History matters. To understand their present and make informed choices about their future, American students must know about and understand the hard truths of our collective past.
Keith Davis | Los Angeles, CA
I am a black man living in a racist society. Black and Brown children must learn about their culture and the history of their people's struggles and triumphs to be fully prepared to tackle racism when they encounter it during their lifetimes.
Veronica Lajambe | Los Angeles, CA
I will commit to teaching the truth so we can be better as a society.
Aann Trethewey , PA
Our children deserve truth and should be allowed to make their own choices!!
Wendy Randle | Providence, RI
I believe in students being exposed to history.
Hannah Resseger | Providence, RI
I have always been about seeking out the truth and teaching it to others. This is crucial and evident in my work as an artist and musician as well as my teaching endeavors. Just as we were making some headway with teaching about social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter there was an outrageous backlash from those who want to suppress oppressed, marginalized voices and narratives. This is unacceptable and perpetuates hate, hate crimes and mass shootings.
Sheila Wilensky | minneapolis, MN
I'm sick of the lies.
Dina Díaz | Chula Vista, CA
All history is important
Patrick O'Hara | Towamensing Trails, PA
I refuse to teach a limited version of United States history that hinders critical thinking and downplays the impact that slavery, racism, and oppression played in shaping America. The narratives mandated by various state legislatures ignore reality and relegate history to a whitewashed narrative that seeks to promote a narrow version of patriotism that leaves many behind while propagating national myths. I will oppose any such legislation in Pennsylvania. If such legislation is passed, i will continue to teach history from a variety of perspectives in order to provide students with a deeper understanding of how their country came to be.
Rachel Dworkin | Florence, MA
I will teach the truth no matter what!
Doron Zinger | Irvine, CA
Teaching truth, addressing systemic inequity, and repairing historical harms is a critical part of education.
Kelly Lormand | Summit, NJ
Neil Oliveria | Lawrence, MA
I believe the only way to solve the problems we now have in our country is through the truthful education of our young people. Only education can fight the false claims that many so-called leaders are now trying to impose on the nation. Our children deserve this.
Tara Charkow , NJ
I must.
Jack Gilroy , NY
My students lived the life of justice called for by Howard Zinn. They studied, debated issues and acted nonviolently in the streets in support of civil rights, in opposition to war and to call for environmental action.
Susannah "Sukie" Keita | Phoenix, AZ
My students' freedom of speech and freedom of expression was threatened during the election season of 2020. Students in Grand Canyon University's Department of Dance were to perform a piece that highlighted people who suffer brutality and death at the hands of police. It was a sensitive portrait that was co-created by students and faculty. When the dean acted to silence their voices, they protested during the live-streamed concert. What I have taken away from this devastating experience is that free speech within our public institutions must be protected. It is absolutely critical.
Ashia Ray | Newton, MA
As an Autistic Asian American mother of two elementary-aged children, I've grown up with the consequences of a public school system that erases my identity, the violence against people like me, and an intentional erasure of the barriers that face families like mine.The only way we can begin to address systemic and individual racism, ableism, and sexism against us is to talk openly about both the history and current practices that prevent us from living as truly equal citizens in the US.
Catherine Day | Harrisburg, PA
every student has the right to have an accurate portrayal of a country's history. As someone who grew up with a skewered view, it was polarizing to learn the true history of this country and how people of color's achievements were glossed over and how their treatment was. Keeping students uninformed is an attempt to keep them silent and compliant. Accurate education allows students to have information so that they can make decisions about their lives.
Caroline Gannon | Rotonda West, FL
It is important to stand for what I feel is right and imperative for future generations.
Collisa Lankford | Athens-Clarke County, GA
As an educator I believe have an obligation to tell the whole truth about our country's past, our present and to also encourage students to think critically about the direction we should take as a nation. In order to effectively evaluate and adequately understand our nation, we must study and reflect on our past with regards to indigenous peoples, people of color as well as countries we have subjugated for our own benefit. Without introspection there is no truth and without truth we'll learn HIStory, but we will never learn the whole story. I resolve to present the whole story so that my students can be equipped to right wrongs and to craft a more equitable inclusive story as well as an equitable and inclusive world.

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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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