July 9, 2021

5,000 Teachers Pledge to Break Laws and Teach CRT

  • Flyover Country

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 

The Zinn Education Project, named after far-left “historian” Howard Zinn, is circulating a pledge for teachers to sign. The pledge declares they will continue to teach CRT even in states where it has been prohibited by law. The pledge has been signed by 5,000 educators from all fifty states. This comes after more than 20 states have passed or begun discussing bills that would ban CRT or restrict the way teachers talk about race.

The Background: 
The “Pledge to Teach the Truth” created by the Zinn Education Project vows to teach the “truth” about history including the core tenets of Critical Race Theory and intersectionality. The document has been signed by more than 5,000 educators who have indicated that they would break the law.

Six states, including Texas, Oklahoma, and Iowa, have passed legislation that bans CRT in the classroom. Dozens of other states have also introduced bills that ban CRT-based curriculum with varying success. Multiple local county school boards have also banished CRT as well.

Some other states have banned it through their state board of education.

One bill in Missouri names specific curriculums that will not be allowed including the “1619 Project initiative of the New York Times, the Learning for Justice Curriculum of the Southern Poverty Law Center, We Stories, programs of Educational Equity Consultants, BLM at School, Teaching for Change, Zinn Education Project, and any other similar, predecessor, or successor curricula.”

One teacher who signed the pledge said the quiet part out loud: “Students deserve to see themselves in the history they learn, as they continue to rewrite it [emphasis added] and to add their own narratives.”

Notable Quotes: 

“We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events — regardless of the law.” - Zinn Education Project’s “Pledge to Teach the Truth”

“The truth is worth more than the $5,000 fine the State of Arizona wants to slap on me if I allow my students to become critical thinkers.” - Erin Chisholm, Arizona teacher who signed the pledge

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