…we have this: The Zinn Education Project.
A website named for anti-American, Marxist, fake historian Howard Zinn has gathered thousands of signatures of teachers nationwide. The signers pledge to teach the tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in their classrooms in defiance of any bans by any state government or local school districts.
Josan Perales of Estes Park, Colorado wrote: “We must ‘go for broke’ as fierce and conscious educators fighting for liberation for ALL. THIS is the work.”Fairfield, Connecticut teacher and signer Chris Parisi explained his acceptance of the pledge by writing, “During the Cold War and throughout the 150-year reign of Confederate-apologist revisionist historians, our textbooks were sanitized. The truth about slavery, the genocide of indigenous peoples, and white male supremacy were purposefully buried under a romantic Lost Cause Mythology.”
You know, “the truth.” Teachers have the authority to teach “the truth” as their political ideology moves them to see it, and if communities, schools, parents and legislatures believe that their indoctrination is inappropriate, then they intend to teach what conforms to their agenda anyway.
To: State Legislators
From: [Your Name]
“One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” – Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” April 1963
“We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events.”
The petition has so far attracted 7,357 signatures from teachers in at least 27 states.
The preamble reads [forgive me from interjecting along the way, but I get to have some fun!)…
“Lawmakers in at least 27 states are attempting to pass legislation that would require teachers to lie to students about the role of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and oppression throughout U.S. history. A bill introduced in the Missouri legislature exemplifies a rash of similar bills — in Texas, Idaho, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Arizona, North Carolina, and more states — that aim to prohibit teachers from teaching the truth about this country: It was founded on dispossession of Native Americans, slavery, structural racism and oppression; and structural racism is a defining characteristic of our society today.”
I have reminisced here before about a pompous junior high school history professor who taught me an invaluable lesson, though unintentionally, when he began one class by saying, “In this history class, I will only teach facts. Here’s your first fact today: The U.N. is a debating society!” He wasn’t joking.
“Specifically, the Missouri bill bans teaching that: identifies people or groups of people, entities, or institutions in the United States as inherently, immutably, or systemically sexist, racist, anti-LGBT, bigoted, biased, privileged, or oppressed.”
You know, when you are issuing a call to metaphorical arms asserting that your wisdom as teachers justifies your going rogue and cloning the minds of impressionable students to your own, you should probably proofread your petition. “The bill bans teaching that: identifies people…” Why should parents trust them to teach history when they can’t write?
[Note: Reader junkmailfolder enlightened me that the sentence in question is grammatically correct, once you read “teaching” as a gerund rather than a verb, which I did not. It’s still horrible construction. ]
“But how can one teach honestly about the nature of our society without examining how today’s racial inequality is a systemic legacy of this country’s history?”
It is not a teacher’s job to teach “the nature of society,” which is a complex and controversial topic requiring multiple disciplines and extensive study to even approach. The teacher’s job is to prepare students by teaching them the skills they need to come to their own conclusions about “the nature of society.” No teachers who believe that they have the one, true answer to that puzzle are qualified or trustworthy to teach students anything. They are shallow, arrogant and foolish.
“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. 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.”
So, Gabriel Gipe is just a weird aberration, is he? It sure sounds like there are at least 7,357 more just like him at very least.
“The Missouri bill names these leading social justice education groups as those whose curricula would be banned: 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.”
Further proving that the teachers behind this petition and signing it either don’t know what they are talking about or are simply social activist masquerading as teachers, they cite the thoroughly debunked 1619 Project and the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center right off the bat! Res ipsa loquitur. Signature significance! The document destroys the credibility of its signatories! How generous.
“The proposed legislation fails to name a single lesson that is inaccurate or that misleads students about U.S. history.”
You mean like the 1619 Project? That’s OK, you mentioned it.
“We the undersigned educators will not be bullied.”
“Bullied” apparently means “when your supervisors and employers delineate your duties.” The remedy for feeling this way is called “quitting.”
“We will continue our commitment to develop critical thinking that supports students to better understand problems in our society, and to develop collective solutions to those problems. We are for truth-telling and uplifting the power of organizing and solidarity that move us toward a more just society”.
No, what your website and petition describe is the anti-thesis of critical thinking, and demonstrates that those who signed the petition never mastered the process themselves, much less are capable of teaching it.
The site conveniently lists the names of the revolutionary—but stupid!—signers. Over at conservative megablog Instapundit, law professor Glenn Reynolds comments, “Fire them all.” Of course, Fire them all, them move on the the people who hired them.
Pointer: Complete Colorado