Thousands of Woke Teachers Vow to Teach Critical Race Theory 'Regardless of the Law'
Over 5000 educators sign pledge to teach Marxism-based CRT to kids
Over 5000 educators have signed a pledge promising to teach the far-left curriculum "regardless of the law."
Laws banning the divisive theory from public schools have now passed in more than 20 states.
The push to teach CRT in schools has been met with severe pushback from concerned parents, who are fighting for their children to be taught the country’s true history and principles.
However, the Zinn Education Project refuses to acknowledge parental concerns and seeks to teach American children that America was founded upon “slavery, structural racism and oppression,” as opposed to the principles of liberty enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
CRT teaches that white people are oppressors and all other races are oppressed and that all of society's problems revolve around a battle between the races.
The organization is named for Howard Zinn, a socialist activist and “historian” who wrote “A People’s History of the United States,” a left-wing propaganda pamphlet disguised as a textbook that has made its way into history classes all across the country, according to Western Journal.
As Neon Nettle previously reported, the Zinn Education Project claims that “from police violence, to the prison system, to the wealth gap, to maternal mortality rates, to housing, to education and beyond, the major institutions and systems of our country are deeply infected with anti-Blackness and its intersection with other forms of oppression.
"To not acknowledge this and help students understand the roots of U.S. racism is to deceive them — not educate them.”
The statement reads more like a list of progressive policy priorities than a comprehensive vision of teaching American history.
Furthermore, remaining committed to its mission to identify advocacy as historical education, the ZEP asserts that: “This history helps students understand the roots of inequality today and gives them the tools to shape a just future.
"It is not just a history of oppression, but also a history of how people have organized and created coalitions across race, class, and gender.”
One of the mainstream criticisms of Zinn’s book (aside from the obvious), was that it constructed an underdeveloped and linear narrative of meek, one-dimensional oppressed groups fighting against their evil oppressors, who resemble Disney villains more than actual humans.
The ZEP would not educate American children differently.
Now, the ZEP is circulating a “Pledge to Teach the Truth,” which identifies left-wing methods of analysis like critical race theory as “the truth,” and decrees that the signees — all of whom are educators — refuse to be “bullied” into compliance with the law.
The pledge reads:
“To: State Legislators
From: [Your Name]
“We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events — regardless of the law.”
So far, according to the Zinn Education Project, the pledge has been signed by more than 5,000 educators in all 50 states.
Many of the signees were more than happy to provide their reasons for signing.
Needless to say, some of them were quite shocking.
“How can we teach future generations to disrupt systems if we are not willing to speak the truth about the systems?” one wrote.
“Justice and liberation for my students,” agreed another.
Perhaps the most arrogant of all comments was written by one who contended: "Teachers have a right to teach the subjects to the best of their ability without interference from lawmakers who know nothing about professional education.
"We also do a disservice to students when we decide that they cannot cope with difficult or challenging concepts.
"Calling this teaching indoctrination shows no respect for young people’s cognitive and critical abilities.”
The purpose of education is to teach American children how to be good citizens.
That means having a healthy knowledge of the principles America was founded on, the institutions that define it, and why those institutions exist the way they do.
None of what conservatives are advocating for precludes informing students honestly about the darker times in American history, like slavery, the Indian Removal Act, Jim Crow, and Japanese internment.
But allowing students to challenge institutions is not the same as ordering students to challenge institutions or outright telling lies.