Stories of schools attempting to brainwash children into believing social justice and identitarian politics in order to create obedient little radicals are becoming far too common, but now they’re also going after parents. Some parents, however, are proving to be far more trouble than the schools would hope.
As RedState previously covered, Andrew Gutmann rang the alarm bell on the Manhattan Brearley School where his 12-year-old daughter was being taught “anti-racism,” which sounds good on the surface but, in reality, is a curriculum that focuses on teaching children identity politics and hatred for America.
Gutmann gave details to the New York Post, stating that the school had not just been teaching children racist ideological nonsense but that they were putting pressure on the parents, too:
He said he grew increasingly concerned and frustrated by what he saw happening at the school. Last year he refused to sign the school’s anti-racism pledge. “I thought they were going to kick my daughter out then,” Gutmann said. “They didn’t but next year they have the pledge built into the yearly school contract.”
The pledge asks that parents of prospective students explain how their family’s values align with the school’s “commitment to creating an anti-racist and inclusive school community.” The application also states that the school “requires all members, including at least one parent/guardian, to participate in required anti-racist training and ongoing reflection.”
According to Fox News, Gutmann said the pressure on parents to conform was so intense that their silence was taken as racism.
“If you just stay silent, you’re racist,” he told Fox News. “You have to be an activist for that. If you’re not an activist for an antiracism initiative, for Black Lives Matter, for example, you are racist, you are a bad person, you are an oppressor, you are not doing the right thing.”
Gutmann penned an open letter to the Brearley School, the parents, and the students. In the letter, he informed everyone that they’ve decided not to enroll their daughter at the school for another year and made it very clear as to why; the racism and race obsession had gone too far:
It cannot be stated strongly enough that Brearley’s obsession with race must stop. It should be abundantly clear to any thinking parent that Brearley has completely lost its way. The administration and the Board of Trustees have displayed a cowardly and appalling lack of leadership by appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob, and then allowing the school to be captured by that same mob. What follows are my own personal views on Brearley’s antiracism initiatives, but these are just a handful of the criticisms that I know other parents have expressed.
Gutmann also called the school out on its charges of systemic racism against our society and at the school itself, noting that the concept and term are being abused in this day and age and that real systemic racism hasn’t been seen in some time. He points out that real systemic racism is events such as the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War 2 or segregation of people based on color not seen since the civil rights reforms of the 1960s.
The father continues by pointing out that Brearley teaching students that black people are helpless victims that must be supported by white people is the actual definition of racism. He even called the school out on its use of the terms “equity” and “inclusiveness,” noting that if the school truly believed in it then it would ditch a lot of its practices of exclusivity:
I object to Brearley’s vacuous, inappropriate, and fanatical use of words such as “equity,” “diversity” and “inclusiveness.” If Brearley’s administration was truly concerned about so-called “equity,” it would be discussing the cessation of admissions preferences for legacies, siblings, and those families with especially deep pockets. If the administration was genuinely serious about “diversity,” it would not insist on the indoctrination of its students, and their families, to a single mindset, most reminiscent of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Instead, the school would foster an environment of intellectual openness and freedom of thought. And if Brearley really cared about “inclusiveness,” the school would return to the concepts encapsulated in the motto “One Brearley,” instead of teaching the extraordinarily divisive idea that there are only, and always, two groups in this country: victims and oppressors.
The entire article is worth being read, as Gutmann doesn’t just strafe the school with objections, he simultaneously calls out the entire problem with social justice advocacy and adherence.
“We already do a horrific job in this country teaching history, and now we’re going to make that 10 times worse, we’re going to eradicate that,” Gutmann told Fox News.
“It sure as hell doesn’t survive teaching our children to hate their country and their history.”
Brearley is a case of a private school devolving into backward and divisive concepts, but most examples are from public schools where taxpayer dollars are being spent to teach kids how to be radicals. A Philadelphia school forced fifth-grade students to celebrate “black communism” and hold mock rallies celebrating political rallies, complete with signs that read “black power” and jail Trump.” This curriculum also carried the “antiracism” label. A school in Nevada was also doing the same thing and attempting to punish the student by taking away his graduation if he didn’t participate. The mother is now suing the school.
The school district in Austin, Texas approved a sex-ed curriculum for children as young as six or seven, including teaching about condom use. It is now required for Illinois students to learn about LGBT history and transgender acceptance. California is doing much of the same, only they’re making it illegal to opt your child out of it.
These radicals in education are also attempting to give you and your child nowhere to retreat to. They’re also attempting to severely regulate or completely abolish homeschooling.
Parents would do well to begin fighting back now and making it clear to everyone from school administrators to state and local leaders that this political injection into schools won’t be tolerated.