Former mayor and congressman Lou Barletta, the leading Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, has become the first statewide or federal candidate in the Commonwealth to sign the “1776 Pledge to Save Our Schools,” a promise to return to honest, patriotic education. The pledge is sponsored by 1776 Action, an organization formed last year to combat anti-American indoctrination in K-12 schools with the assistance of Dr. Ben Carson and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin are among those who have previously signed the pledge.
“All across Pennsylvania, parents are sick and tired of their tax dollars being used to fund anti-American indoctrination campaigns in K-12 classrooms that teach their children to hate their own country and each other through racist ideologies like Critical Race Theory,” Barletta said. “When I am governor, we will no longer teach children that they are either oppressed, or the oppressor, depending on the color of their skin. And we won’t teach them that they have no chance in life because of their skin color, either.”
By signing the pledge, Barletta has committed to taking concrete steps to:
Restore honest, patriotic education that cultivates in our children a profound love for our country.
Promote a curriculum that teaches that all children are created equal, have equal moral value under God, our Constitution, and the law, and are members of a national community united by our founding principles.
Prohibit any curriculum that pits students against one another on the basis of race or sex.
Prevent schools from politicizing education by prohibiting any curriculum that requires students to protest and lobby during or after school.
“When I am in the governor’s office, this poison will stop flowing into our classrooms, no one will work in education who permits it to be spread, and we will demand that educators teach an honest account of the history of the greatest nation the world has ever known,” Barletta said. “I am proud to sign ‘The 1776 Pledge’ and make this promise to every Pennsylvanian – our Commonwealth will once again be a shining example of patriotism and traditional American values.”