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Voter Pledge

Say no to critical race theory & actions civics in K-12 classrooms.

This voter pledge is the intellectual work of our partner group the National Association of Scholars. The list of candidates who have signed on this pledge is published here.

The United States of America is an exceptional nation, sustained by providence, whose people have made liberty a fundamental principle of their government and their common culture. All Americans should revere our Founding Fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, as well as leaders who deepened our commitment to liberty, such as Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

America's schools should teach our children to take pride in their country founded upon liberty and equality, to be grateful to their forefathers who dedicated and sometimes sacrificed their lives to preserve America, and to know the great deeds of the best Americans.

American civics education should teach the founding principles and documents of the United States, the key events of American history, the structure of our self-governing federal republic, the functions of government at all levels, the mechanisms of our governing institutions, and the spirit of liberty and tolerance that should animate our private interactions with our fellow citizens.

American civics education should teach students to regard one another as individuals fundamentally united by their common humanity, common citizenship, common liberty, and common affection for one another.

American civics education should not divide students by race, sex, or any other group identity, teach hatred of America, encourage a partisan political position, or replace classroom instruction with extracurricular political activism.

Therefore, I pledge to my fellow citizens to oppose any candidate running for a seat on the school board or state office who declines to take the pledge to restore freedom, fairness, excellence, and love of America to our public schools, and to remove from them the teaching and practice of Critical Race Theory, action civics, and any other doctrine or pedagogy that aims to foment racial division or replace classroom instruction with political activism.

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