Radical activists seek to require assent to their public policy program by requiring assent to euphemisms such as “social justice,” “diversity,” “equity,” and “inclusion.” Our model Values Assessment Act prohibits public schools from assessing, rewarding, or punishing students, teachers, or administrators for their level of commitment to any value or attitude that requires assent to any philosophy or political framework.
Model Legislative Text
- No public school or charter school shall use any assessment to measure the values or attitudes of a student, teacher, or administrator.
- No public school or charter school shall reward or punish a student, teacher, or administrator, including by improvement or reduction in grade, for any value or attitude that requires assent to any philosophy or political framework.
- Values and attitudes which may not be assessed, rewarded, or punished include commitment to “social justice,” “diversity,” “equity,” “inclusion,” or any other such concept that requires assent to any public policy.
If any provision of this chapter, or the application of any provision to any person or circumstance, is held to be invalid, the remainder of this chapter and the application of its provisions to any other person or circumstance shall not be affected thereby.
Existing State Statutes
- Michigan: MCL 380.1279c [Use of tests to measure pupils’ values or attitudes prohibited]
The National Association of Scholars, in consultation with other supporters and friends of the Civics Alliance, drafted these model bills to translate into legislative language the principles in the Civics Alliance’s Civics Curriculum Statement & Open Letter. Just as these bills have been drafted with the expectation that different states will modify them as they see fit, they also have been drafted with the expectation that not every supporter of the Civics Alliance will endorse these bills or every part of them. Individual Civics Alliance signatories and supporters should not be assumed to have endorsed these bills, unless they say so explicitly.