Model Letter to Superintendent

Dear Superintendent {Last Name},

I write to express my opposition, as a parent, 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}. I do not wish my child to be taught using any of these ideologies or pedagogies. Neither do I wish the school district to use them in any policy or training for its staff.

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.”

Critical Race Theory and action civics contradict these ideals.

I know that different superintendents have different attitudes toward these ideologies and pedagogies. If you are reluctant to impose them, I will be glad to support you in any way I can against any mandates the states impose on you or any pressure from your colleagues. If you support them, I wish you to know that I do not desire that the school district uses them and I do not consent to their use.

In either case, I do not wish the school district to use 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 children’s schooling because they: 

I urge you to take 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 I 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.” 

Again, if you do oppose these ideological concepts and pedagogies, and would like my help to support you against being forced to use them, just ask. I will gladly do all I can to defend you.

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

Best wishes,
{Parent Signature}

Critiques of Critical Race Theory and Action Civics