Zinn Education Project Urges Teachers to Defy Laws Banning Critical Race Theory

The Zinn Education Project, inspired by the late anti-American propagandist Howard Zinn, is calling upon all teachers to pledge to instruct students in the racist, neo-Marxist concepts associated with Critical Race Theory – even if it is banned.

Zinn was the author of A People’s History of the United States, published in 1980, a subversive book that became ubiquitous in American high schools and universities across the country. It has done more than any other single book to convince American youth that their country’s history is nothing more than a litany of racism, imperialism, hypocrisy, and genocide.

The Zinn Education Projects urges teachers to pledge to defy any laws that ban teaching that America is systemically racist. In addition, the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers’ union, announced it plans to join with the domestic terrorists of Black Lives Matter and the Zinn Education Project “to call for a rally this year on October 14 – George Floyd’s birthday – as a national day of action to teach lessons about structural racism and oppression.”

“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,” the Project claims. “To not acknowledge this and help students understand the roots of U.S. racism is to deceive them — not educate them.”

Completely false race-mongering. The real deception is in indoctrinating — not educating — students to believe Marxist lies about the freest, most diverse and prosperous country in history.

Howard Zinn

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Asserting that “There is no such thing as pure fact,” Zinn maintained that the proper role of educators was not to teach objective truths but rather to lead “social struggle” by promoting student collectivism and emphasizing “the role of working people, women, people of color and organized social movements.” In 2008 he helped launch the so-called Zinn Education Project (ZEP), a collaboration between Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change. The initiative was designed to incorporate Zinn’s writings and worldview into all aspects of K-12 school curricula.

The ZEP lessons reinforce Zinn’s presentation of the United States as redeemable only through a socialist revolution. Major historical events are replaced with instances demonstrating relentless oppression. For example:

  • Searching the ZEP curriculum for lessons on the December 7, 1941 attack on “Pearl Harbor” leads mostly to lessons about the internment of the Japanese. “This Day in History” for the date of December 7 marks not the attack on Pearl Harbor, but the 1874 Vicksburg Massacre, described as a massacre by whites of between 75 and 300 African Americans defending black sheriff Peter Crosby, a former slave and Union veteran. The point is that Vicksburg, as “one of many massacres in U.S. history,” was “designed to reassert white supremacy during Reconstruction.”

To learn more about Howard Zinn, click here.

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2 replies
  1. Ann Shaughnessy
    Ann Shaughnessy says:

    Is there a copy of the actual pledge teachers are signing onto to defy any laws and teach our racist history?


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