“They say that their children tell them they’re afraid to speak up in class. Most of all, they worry that the school’s new plan to become an “anti-racist institution”—unveiled this July”
We recently pointed out that parents are rebelling at the exclusive Dalton School due to its full embrace of Critical Race Theory.
This is happening at other elite schools where parents realize that their kids are being indoctrinated, not educated.
Parents of students at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, a private prep school with a $40,000 a year price tag, are forced to organize in secret for fear of being called racists.
Bari Weiss writes at City Journal:
The Miseducation of America’s Elites
The dissidents use pseudonyms and turn off their videos when they meet for clandestine Zoom calls. They are usually coordinating soccer practices and carpools, but now they come together to strategize. They say that they could face profound repercussions if anyone knew they were talking.
But the situation of late has become too egregious for emails or complaining on conference calls. So one recent weekend, on a leafy street in West Los Angeles, they gathered in person and invited me to join.
In a backyard behind a four-bedroom home, ten people sat in a circle of plastic Adirondack chairs, eating bags of Skinny Pop. These are the rebels: well-off Los Angeles parents who send their children to Harvard-Westlake, the most prestigious private school in the city.
By normal American standards, they are quite wealthy. By the standards of Harvard-Westlake, they are average. These are two-career couples who credit their own success not to family connections or inherited wealth but to their own education. So it strikes them as something more than ironic that a school that costs more than $40,000 a year—a school with Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s right hand, and Sarah Murdoch, wife of Lachlan and Rupert’s daughter-in-law, on its board—is teaching students that capitalism is evil.
For most parents, the demonization of capitalism is the least of it. They say that their children tell them they’re afraid to speak up in class. Most of all, they worry that the school’s new plan to become an “anti-racist institution”—unveiled this July, in a 20-page document—is making their kids fixate on race and attach importance to it in ways that strike them as grotesque.
One parent escaped from a Communist country and saw something all too familiar unfolding:
One private school parent, born in a Communist nation, tells me: “I came to this country escaping the very same fear of retaliation that now my own child feels.” Another joked: “We need to feed our families. Oh, and pay $50,000 a year to have our children get indoctrinated.” A teacher in New York City put it most concisely: “To speak against this is to put all of your moral capital at risk.”
This passage about the exclusive Fieldston School in New York is downright chilling:
The science program at Fieldston would make any parent swoon. The electives for 11th- and 12th-graders, according to the school’s website, include immunology, astronomy, neuroscience, and pharmacology.
But physics looks different these days. “We don’t call them Newton’s laws anymore,” an upperclassman at the school informs me. “We call them the three fundamental laws of physics. They say we need to ‘decenter whiteness,’ and we need to acknowledge that there’s more than just Newton in physics.”
It’s a long article, and you should read the whole thing.
On Twitter, people are reacting to this by recalling other moments in history:
It’s hard to say if the appropriate historical precedent for this self-immolation via woke insanity are the Salem witch trials, the cultural revolution under Mao, or the collective suicide of Jim Jones & the People’s Temple.
— Erik Simon (@erikbiz) March 10, 2021
I don't know who needs to hear this, but erasing the names of white Western men from scientific concepts and giving them more abstract names is LITERALLY WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION IN CHINA. Liu Cixin even mentions it in the Three Body Problem. https://t.co/If77QC19Df
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) March 10, 2021
Drastic action is needed.
These parents are cowards. These ideas are insane. Pull your kids from these "elite" schools. What will continued exposure to goofy ideas do for their kids' future, ability to think critically and engage in thoughtful informed discourse if the parents are hiding in public?
— The Dumbest Money / Bringer of Shrubbery (@joshuakahn) March 9, 2021
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