By AlaskaWatchman.com

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More than 20 states are now working on legislation to ban the teaching of critical race theory to public school students. While such measures have yet to be introduced in Alaska, at least 13 Alaska teachers have already joined more than 4,400 nationwide in vowing to break any state law that might prohibit them from advancing the radical notions behind critical race theory.

The teachers signed onto a statement called the “Zinn Education Project,” which defies any attempt to curtail teachers from instructing students that racism, sexism, heterosexism and oppression are baked into American society and history.

“We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events — regardless of the law,” the teachers state.

They go on to claim that America was “founded on dispossession of Native Americans, slavery, structural racism and oppression,” and that “structural racism is a defining characteristic of our society today.” It adds that America is “deeply infected with anti-Blackness,” in its prison system, wealth gap, maternal mortality rates, housing, education “and beyond.”

“To not acknowledge this and help students understand the roots of U.S. racism is to deceive them — not educate them,” the statement continues. “It is not just a history of oppression, but also a history of how people have organized and created coalitions across race, class, and gender.”

The statement ends in defiance: “We the undersigned educators will not be bullied … We are for truth-telling and uplifting the power of organizing and solidarity that move us toward a more just society.”

The fact that more than 4,400 teachers have signed the pledge, contradicts those who claim critical race theory is not being taught in U.S. classrooms. It also illustrates the radical zeal and moralism that many public school teachers have in propagating critical race theory to impressionable young students.

School boards in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau are just some of the areas of Alaska where districts have begun laying the groundwork for widespread dissemination of critical race theory in the curriculum.

Many of the teachers who signed the pledge included brief commentary indicating their resolve the ignore parents and the wider community – including the law of the land – to push critical race theory.

Anchorage teacher Toni Biskup’s comment was typical of many teachers who emphatically stated that the new critical race theory lens is essential in exposing the racist “truth” about modern-day American society.

“I have been an educator for more than 1/2 of my life and it is critical for ALL children to know truth,” Biskup stated. “It is not ok to continue to teach the altered form of history that leaves out truth including ugly truths. We can only learn and grow when we know what has happened. Our children deserve this, and their well-being depends on it.”

Stephanie Ferrara, of Fairbanks, said she sees the “absolute necessity of teaching the roots of systemic racism,” which is the idea that every facet of American life is shot through with institutionalized racism.

The 14 Alaska teachers who have signed onto the pledge include the following as of June 24.

ANCHORAGE

  • Dr. Paula Williams
  • Rozlyn Grady-Wyche
  • Heidi Northover
  • Megan McBride,
  • Lyn Franks
  • Michelle Wagner
  • Toni Biskup

ADAK

  • Mark Biberg

EAGLE RIVER

  • Danyelle Kimp
  • Mary Richards

FAIRBANKS

  • Stephanie Ferrara

KENAI

  • Amanda Trower

PALMER

  • Sam Jordan

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These Alaskan teachers pledged to violate any laws that ban Critical Race Theory in schools

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


36 Comments

  • Ralph says:

    13 out of how many other Teachers in the state…?
    I hope every one of these socialists gets exposed and the children and adults stand up to teaching our children to focus on race.
    Are these same teachers going to skip Martin Luther King Jr’s day?

  • Jen says:

    While they are instructing Critical Race Theory, The teachers can remove all the brown skinned students out of the schools special reading groups and Special Education classrooms, who tend to be disproportionately placed in something that disrupts main classroom time than their white student peers.

    • Jen says:

      The mess is what it’ll take for these children born after 2016 for parents still enrolled in a public school to realize this type indoctrination messed up their soon to be adult children in 2030. By that time parents will be on their own dealing with a defiant and rebellious adult, and they’ll wish they can rewind and raise their child all over agian.

      For parents regretting how they raised their children. There is hope! As long as you are not Dead, God’s not done with you, yet.

  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    This will be interesting to follow. We’ll get to see if the narrative changes or who ends up being fired or shines brightly in the end.

    In my opinion history is that. It tells what,where and when things happened. If we change it for special interest groups it’s just lieing to the world! America has lost so much face in the last 20 years we don’t need to become a third world country the democrats want!

  • John J Otness says:

    The Communist NEA is crumbling. The tired old we need all the funding and the support of the State to continue pushing out failure in the classroom has seen its day. The indoctrination centers will be purged and common sense teaching will prevail.. Fire all the communists haters of America and send them to a reeducation Gulag of their choice… We the people have had enough!!!!!

    • John J Otness says:

      Is it any wonder how the antifa BLM movement sprang up in our Nation? Is it any wonder that so called education which is evil indoctrination produces the godless abortion doctors or the godless minds that do nothing but develop murderous vaccines or weapons of carnage? If we want to change then change must start at the basic beginning of this bastardized education system . Maybe teach how to take care of oneself instead of murdering your neighbor…… Dismantle these houses of horrors that prey on the public begging for money while they create more monsters of what they are made. These are not teachers of creating producing human beings these communist freaks are out to destroy this Nation for their father the devil.

  • John J Otness says:

    Wasn’t Obama born in. Kenia?

    • Lobo says:

      His grandmother, and half brother said he was.. And if I remember correctly, he, himself referenced that fact.

  • Steve Peterson says:

    Spread the word: get your kids out of public schools. At best they are merely poor at educating; at worst, they are indoctrination centers for the left.
    If you want your family and the nation to still be around in 20 years, first get the kids out of public schools and then work on holding them responsible and/or defunding them if necessary, and ending teachers’ unions stranglehold on education.
    Even if you don’t have kids anymore, you have a vested interest in doing something about this, because it’s your tax money that funds this destructive curriculum which hates you and all you stand for.

  • Mo says:

    The progression of communism, it’s gradually whittling away at the very fabric of this nation and is being perpetuated by the left and this is only one of their tactics; our young now come out of the universities brainwashed by professors who really belong socialist countries, now they dare attack the very young, impressionable minds who are our future. Thank you Alaska Watchman for keeping us aware.

  • G Aleution says:

    James Madison was homeschooled. Get his curriculum materials for your brilliant kids. “Those walking with wise persons become wise”. “He of little means has few friends”. The association will have to be by reading.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    It starts in the big city’s of Alaska, with controlling the people. You can only go here, ride this type of transportation it goes on and on. Then they press to the rural community’s for total control. Race, aren’t we all created by God, Red, Yellow, Black, and White.
    Stop the madness

  • Sharon Turner says:

    What do we do to get the “List” of self acclaimed commie/’socialists’ fired and sent packing? No easy task. Why? Because WE the folks, trying to work and pay their salaries and ridiculously bloated Benefits pkgs.. have allowed the Munis, State of Alaska and Fed to cover THEM* in a cocoon of protections not afford to WE THE Taxpayer. We must break the State Legislature’s and All Unions grip.. or Stalin’ has our kids.

  • EscapedAnchorage says:

    They should be fired for breaking laws. Better yet, take your kids out of public school. The public education beast needs a heavy dose of famine. Thank you for making names, Joel, we need more of this for accountability reasons.

  • Larry Wood says:

    These are not ‘socialists’, they are outright Marxists and need to be removed from the classroom and barred for life from teaching. Traitors. Pure and simple. Get them out of the classroom.

  • Julie Schlabach says:

    How arrogant ! These teachers work for us !!

  • Concerned Alaskan says:

    I sure wish these people would focus all their energies upon teaching the basics, which are so neglected today; — namely reading, writing, and arithmetic. Personal political idealogies have no place in lower-grade classrooms. This state needs to enact laws to ban the indoctrination of politics into our classrooms.

  • Roz’lyn Grady-Wyche says:

    I’m not teaching critical race theory it’s not even mentioned in the pledge of your going to post about me post THE TRUTH….. because that’s all I’m going to teach is THE TRUTH….. no where in the pledge does it say anything about CRITICAL RACE THEORY THIS BLOG POST IS FULL OF LIES…..

    Pledge to Teach the Truth is a commitment by educators to teach full and accurate U.S. history and current events. It’s also a Day of Action to raise awareness of the dangers of lying to students about the existence and persistence of structural and systemic racism, and all forms of oppression.

    Where in that pledge do you see CRITICAL RACE THEORY YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES….. TELLING LIES

    • Mongo Likes Candy says:

      Your “Truth” as defined by propaganda and Lies.
      Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
      Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust

    • An Alaskan says:

      Thank you, Ms. Grady-Wyche. Your neighbors appreciate and love you, and are so grateful for your dedication to Alaska students. Stay strong!

    • Fire says:

      Grady-Whatever
      C’mon Man! We’re not the children you abuse. You are a lying Nazi Scum. Thanks for your name.

      • Lee Wilson says:

        If you disrespect someone by their name and denigrate them, why don’t you step out from behind your mask?
        I am very critical on the NEA and left leaning educators because it is difficult for people to be totally unbiased. The government education is designed to create “order following citizens”. Open dialogue, not name calling and insults will shed the light needed to liberate minds.

    • Sincere Parent says:

      Ms. Grady-Wyche,
      I have two students in ASD, a Senior and a Junior, so you can understand that I am a “stakeholder” to use the current vernacular.

      I wonder, can you give me an example of “systemic” racism, other than affirmative action or equity quotas?

      I also wonder, what is the theory that defines a problem by pre-supposing that race is the determining factor of all inequities?

      I look forward to your engagement with a concerned parent.

      Kind Regards…

      • Lee Wilson says:

        Bravo! Civil and appropriate response! I hate it when people digress to name calling.

    • Lobo says:

      Okay, so why in H3!! did you sign “that” pledge ? That “Pledge” was an agreement to defy law, and indoctrinate CRT, and other divisive subjects, even if forbidden by law. Again.. Why then, did you sign “that” pledge ? Is it a lie that your name is on that list ?

      • Js says:

        Absolutely. She thinks no one notices that. What delusion, a DANGER in any classroom charged over young minds. Propagandists call everything counter to their agenda a lie. These degenerate days, one need only review the obvious to see it for what it is. Wonder if LBJ’s motive behind finally defending the right of black people to vote, and Affirmative Action/racial quotas (as mentioned above) will be in her ‘systemic racism awareness’ syllabus

    • John J Otness says:

      Your truth is LIES Roz….. Your BLM your Antifa all hatred and lies…. You need FIRED!!!!!!! and kept away from our children. Your agenda is the raising of failure in our children… Its the Teachers like you that have brought this State to the lowest achievement levels in our States history,,,, Remove these NEA communists and watch our children fluorish.

    • LT says:

      You already exposed yourself with your words. I’ve taught in public schools for 36 years. I have never worked in a ‘systemically racist school’. None of my colleagues have ever been racist. We never shied away from teaching about the holocaust, slavery, mistreatment of native Americans and women not being able to vote. Our successes in race relations-thanks to Dr. King & others-is a bright beacon light of hope to those in the dark corners of the world striving for a better life. CRT is attempting to erase our achievements and the race baiters are trying to gain more power so they can control our educational system and political system. If you don’t love America and believe it offers more opportunities than any other country, then you’re in the wrong country. Go to Afghanistan and preach your ‘truth’. Stop harming our kids with CRT!

  • John J Otness says:

    These teachers that push the marxist line are. just as much thieves and criminal liars as the legislators that steal our PFD without any remorse.. They are criminals without remorse and must face the music they have made by their arrogant actions…. I can hardly wait. to see them perp walked for pissing on us and our Constitution…..

  • Alexander Dolitsky says:

    They are not teachers. They are social activists, advocating neo-Marxism, Scientific Atheism and Scientific Communism.

  • Js says:

    They deliberately impose their ACTUAL racist propaganda on my kids in a classroom, I consider that an perverse and aggressive action against them.

  • Efrog Industries says:

    To the undersigned educators, I learned that America used to have slaves just like the rest of the world in history class and my ancestor used to own black slaves my great-grandfather but is that what really defines us today I asked you I look around and I see black people better dress and have nicer cars and bigger houses then I do as a white man so please tell me where is the racism in America? As an American it’s my right to hate and it’s my right to love my race the human race so I guess I am racist because I only accept the human race as a supreme race in the universe.

  • Debra says:

    Let’s hope there are 14 new teaching positions opened? I had my 50th class reunion aboard the Riverboat Discovery a few weeks ago… That means I’m nearing 70. I attended elementary school ; middle school and high school here in Fairbanks. It is most distressing to know that our Alaska Schools RANKED among the TOP 5 in the whole nation .. years ago.. as I looked up most recent available statistics we are now ranked 47th ..in the nation . With Teachers pledging to teach “ this bucket of Marxism “ and it doesn’t matter what parents think or what school board tells them or the law tells them … WELL … is this what we need teaching our children?? Geezzz they grow up to be just like their teachers?? I think it’s wake up time and parents … we’d better start going to school board meetings. And we’d better be demanding copies of the books our kids are going to be taught from so we can read them first. ??

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