Why We Exist
Racism played a significant role in our past and, sadly, it continues to be widespread and harmful to us all.
To enable students to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, succeed in diverse workplaces, and create a better society, schools have a responsibility to provide a thorough, accurate, and fact-based history education and teach students to reject racism and respect the equal value of every person.
A broad bipartisan majority of Americans want schools to teach more about racism as part of American history lessons, and schools increasingly are doing just that.
We cannot afford to ignore the rampant spread of misinformation about what is being taught in classrooms. Nor can we permit that misinformation to force teachers to go back to brushing past difficult parts of our history or omitting them entirely, ban students from learning racism is wrong, and add yet another stressor for teachers.
This unnecessary upheaval comes at the worst possible time, as educators are working tirelessly to provide the best possible education and support for students recovering from a tumultuous and chaotic year.
If this continues, not only will students be deprived of crucial knowledge, but an already severe teacher shortage could get even worse.
Educate parents and the public about what is actually taught in schools
Explain the vital importance of students learning thorough, accurate, and fact-based history and that racism is wrong, and
Dramatize in an authentic, non-political, non-confrontational way through first person accounts the harm and cost of efforts to restrict what is taught in classrooms across the country.
The Coalition’s messengers will be educators, parents, students, business owners, and faith leaders, not leaders of national organizations.
The Learn from History Coalition is apolitical and will not engage in any lobbying or advocacy. It is solely focused on facilitating broad-based, effective communication to shift the imbalanced and detrimental current narrative.