Educators rally to #TeachTruth as the GOP tries to silence lessons on U.S. oppression

On Saturday, educators all around the U.S. made it abundantly clear that legal maneuvers aren't going to stop them from bringing truth to the students in their classrooms. The nationwide protest was conceived as a response to ongoing efforts by Republican lawmakers to set rules on what is and isn't OK in U.S. classrooms, particularly when it comes to lessons on U.S. history. Despite the very real and proven roles that racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression have played in the development of U.S. society, the GOP's ongoing culture war calls for patriotism to supersede the importance of facts in schools. Teachers aren't having it. The pledge, authored and promoted by the Zinn Education Project, is incredibly blunt about what's happening: "Lawmakers in at least 15 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." On June 12, Seattle educators met at the Medgar Evers Pool, heard speakers, and went on a history walking tour. Councilmember Kshama Sawant read a proclamation from the city for Pledge to #TeachTruth Day. It's official! pic.twitter.com/QBvs1FEnLr — Zinn Ed Project (@ZinnEdProject) June 13, 2021 15 states want to ban racial justice teaching. We will teach the truth about racism even if it’s illegal!! ✊

Educators rally to  #TeachTruth as the GOP tries to silence lessons on U.S. oppression

On Saturday, educators all around the U.S. made it abundantly clear that legal maneuvers aren't going to stop them from bringing truth to the students in their classrooms.

The nationwide protest was conceived as a response to ongoing efforts by Republican lawmakers to set rules on what is and isn't OK in U.S. classrooms, particularly when it comes to lessons on U.S. history. Despite the very real and proven roles that racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression have played in the development of U.S. society, the GOP's ongoing culture war calls for patriotism to supersede the importance of facts in schools.

Teachers aren't having it. The pledge, authored and promoted by the Zinn Education Project, is incredibly blunt about what's happening: "Lawmakers in at least 15 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."

What's Your Reaction?

like

dislike

love

funny

angry

sad

wow