Model Letter to State Policymaker

Dear {Title}{Name},

I write to express my opposition, as a parent, a taxpayer, and a citizen, 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 public schools of {State Name}. I do not wish my children, or any others, to be taught using any of these ideologies or pedagogies. Neither do I wish the public school districts to use them in any policy or training for their staffs.

I teach my children 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. 

I teach them Washington’s lesson that “perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” 

I teach them Jefferson’s lesson that “all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights,” including “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

I teach them Douglass’s lesson 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.”

I teach them King’s 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.”

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” contradict these ideals. They also amount to educational malpractice. These ideological concepts and pedagogies terribly harm children’s schooling because they: 

I urge you to take action to end and remove these ideological concepts and pedagogies from our public schools. The most effective action you could take is to pass legislation based on the model Partisanship Out of Civics Act (, which forbids schools from using the intellectual components of Critical Race Theory or action civics and gives teachers and students conscience protections against Critical Race Theory and action civics mandates.

I would also urge you to look at the other model bills suggested by the National Association of Scholars (, which include an Academic Transparency Act, a Legislative Review Act, and a Schools Nondiscrimination Act. This package of model legislation would go an extraordinary way toward rescuing our schools from Critical Race Theory and action civics.

I urge you above all to make a priority of removing Critical Race Theory and action civics from our schools. I care about this issue more than I care about any other one. I will be glad if you do good work on {issue} or {issue}—but rescuing our children and our schools comes first.

Best wishes,
{Parent Signature}

Critiques of Critical Race Theory and Action Civics