Despite what appeared to be a well-coordinated campaign to claim that toxic critical race theory was not being taught in K-12 schools, teachers are going out of their way to counter that narrative.
The latest example of this is a Zinn Education Project petition, which asks teachers to sign a pledge vowing to continue teaching the hateful, racially divisive academic concept “regardless of the law.”
ZEP “promotes and supports” the use of socialist Howard Zinn’s book, “A People’s History of the United States,” to teach “a people’s history” in middle and high school classrooms across the country, according to Howard Zinn.org. The book, a one-sided take on the past that cherry-picks from historical events to support a liberal ideology, was written from a victim’s standpoint.
The petition is in response to a growing number of states passing laws banning the teaching of critical race theory, as parents across America are turning out in force at school board meetings to denounce an ideology they say teaches children to dislike others based on skin color — CRT declares that all white people are inherently racist.
The ZEP petition proclaims that the United States of America “was founded on dispossession of Native Americans, slavery, structural racism and oppression; and structural racism is a defining characteristic of our society today.”
“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 petition further states.
The pledge puts perceived morality, from a radical left point of view, above the rule of law. In other words, the ends justify the means.
“We the undersigned educators will not be bullied,” it reads. “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.
“We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events — regardless of the law,” the petition proclaims.
As of this writing, the petition has 5040 signatures. The petition is for educators and asks those who sign to include their title and grade taught, though it’s not clear if all signatures are from teachers.
Former President Donald Trump denounced the Zinn Education Project back in September 2020, while speaking at the White House Conference on American History.
“Our children are instructed from propaganda tracts, like those of Howard Zinn, that try to make students ashamed of their own history,” Trump said.
He also slammed critical race theory.
“This is a Marxist doctrine holding that America is a wicked and racist nation, that even young children are complicit in oppression, and that our entire society must be radically transformed,” Trump observed. “Critical race theory is being forced into our children’s schools, it’s being imposed into workplace trainings, and it’s being deployed to rip apart friends, neighbors, and families.”
The concept of ignoring the law to push a liberal ideology was seen last week when a nail-polish-wearing male middle school teacher from Jacksonville, Fla., mocked Gov. Ron DeSantis while describing exactly how he intends to bypass the state’s ban on teaching critical race theory.
“As many as of you know, I actually do teach in a state where the teaching of critical race theory has been banned, and of course I would never do anything to oppose supreme leader DeSantis,” teacher Jeremy Williams said, before laying out how to do just that.
This coming the same week that the two-million-member National Education Association adopted a measure claiming it is “reasonable and appropriate” for K-12 curriculum to include critical race theory and its analogs.
The nation’s largest teachers’ union effectively approved a plan to promote critical race theory in 14,000 local school districts across America and to oppose attempts to ban it from K-12 social studies classes.
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