Model Letter to School Board

Dear {School Board},

We are concerned parents who write to express our opposition to the introduction of several related ideologies and teaching practices into the curriculum, instruction, professional development of teachers and staff, and other policies of the {School District}.

We are Americans, all from different backgrounds, who want the best for all citizens of our community without regard to race, creed, sex, or any other group identity. We strive to live up to the ideals of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Luther King, Jr., each of whom helped pave the way for the most free, equal, and prosperous society the world has ever known.

From Washington, we learned that “perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages,” so we will stand up for our children.

From Jefferson, we learned to take it as self-evident truth “that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights,” including “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” so we will treat one another that way.

From Douglass, we learned that the Constitution is a “Glorious liberty document” and to draw “encouragement from the Declaration of Independence, the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions,” so we will believe in the institutions that inspired a man born in bondage to rise to become one of the most inspirational and respected men in history.

From King, we learned to dream of a world in which our children “will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” We teach our children to hold to that ideal and we want their school to hold to that ideal.

We therefore oppose ideological concepts and pedagogies such as Critical Race Theory (CRT), “The 1619 Project,” and so-called “action civics,” “anti-racism,” and “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” which amount to educational malpractice. These ideological concepts and pedagogies terribly harm our children’s schooling because they:

These ideological concepts and pedagogies have already entered {School District}. We share below a few of the examples of how they have affected our children and their education.

We demand immediate action to end and remove these ideological concepts and pedagogies from the {School District},by means of the following actions:

Some so-called “anti-racists” may insist that “the only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination,” but we will continue to hold onto the truth so eloquently expressed by Martin Luther King, Jr., that “darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

We urge you to respond to this letter at your earliest convenience.



Critiques of Critical Race Theory and Action Civics