More than 5,000 educators have signed a petition vowing to break anti-critical race theory laws being considered in multiple state legislatures — as the controversial curriculum faces a reckoning in districts across the country.
The Zinn Education Project launched the effort in June and singles out proposed legislation in 21 states, which the signers pledge to violate should they become law.
A statement attached to the pledge reads, “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.”
The pledge then states, “We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events — regardless of the law.”
Below the pledge is a public list of the thousands of teachers who have attached their signatures to it.
The Zinn Education Project is funded by two 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, Teaching for Change and Rethinking Schools. Donations to the organization are tax deductible.
The National Education Association, the nation’s largest teacher’s union, features the Zinn Education Project on its website.
Last month the Zinn Education Project organized pro CRT rallies in 22 cities across the country. Among the many offerings on its website is a free teacher activity called, “Repair: Students Design A Reparations Bill.” Part of the teaching activity reads “The premise of this lesson is that Congress has finally taken on the task of reparations legislation. But what Congress offers is extraordinarily weak sauce.”
In several states across the country, legislatures have begun crafting legislation that will curb the teaching of the idea that race carries immutable and inherent characteristics, and plays a role in all social interaction– the main tenets of CRT. A proposed Texas law for example bars “any form of race or sex stereotyping or blame on the basis of race or sex.”