They Are Coming for the Parents Too

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In their effort to indoctrinate children into far-leftist ideology, progressives have been infusing their political doctrines into K-12 schools. They have run amok in public institutions, influencing teachers, school staff, and others to present their ideas to students.

But it is not only teachers and students they wish to indoctrinate. They are also targeting the parents of the children whose minds they wish to possess – and it is not only happening in public schools.

The New York Post reported:

New York City private schools are pushing woke training on parents in a Soviet-like effort to keep their kids on message — with potentially serious consequences for those who don’t fall in line.

At least five elite schools — where yearly tuitions hover around $60,000 — are forcing parents to undergo both mandatory and “optional” training in “anti-racism” and “diversity, equity and inclusion.” The controversial theories demand a hyper-focus on race and privilege and have been accused by critics of demonizing white people.

Parents who are considering enrolling their kids at The Brearley School, an all-girls school, are told on the application that they “are expected to attend two diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism (DEIA) workshops per school year.”

Even better, parents are required to write a 500-word essay showing that they adhere to the precepts outlined in the workshops. They are also expected to sign a pledge affirming their commitment to these values if their kids are accepted.

“We expect teachers, staff members, students and parents to participate in anti-racist training and to pursue meaningful change through deliberate and measurable actions. These actions include identifying and eliminating policies, practices and beliefs that uphold racial inequality in our community,” the application reads while also encouraging them to “discuss with your children Brearley’s mission, diversity, equity and inclusion, and anti-racist statements in the student handbooks, and establishing your family’s responsibility to uphold these values.”

Spence, another all-girls school, asks parents to participate in a “Courageous Conversation equity workshop,” held by a DEI consulting group. Currently, the school does not require parents to engage in this training. “The opportunity to participate in the DEI program offered by PEG is strictly voluntary for parents. These programs do not involve students,” said a representative with Spence.

The Chapin School held a panel discussion for prospective parents to go over its “ongoing commitment to equity & inclusion, including our newest community-wide initiatives.”

The school claimed the discussion was optional, but some have indicated otherwise.

“They take attendance, they have name tags, there is someone from the admissions office to keep track of who goes and who doesn’t,” said one of the mothers going through the process. “If you don’t go, your child is not going to go very far in the admission process.”

Another mother told The Post that she was chastised after her son said boys were physically better at sports than girls.

“I [was] talked to” she said, and said she was told that her son “had to better understand the values of inclusion at the school and I had to familiarize myself with the values of inclusion at the school and be clear with my child as to what they were so he arrived at school prepared.”

The reality that progressives are trying to indoctrinate children is becoming ever more apparent as parents find out what these people are up to. But it is important to remember that if they are going to brainwash kids, they have to do the same to the adults around them. If they can get parents, along with teachers, to buy into their Marxist dogma, it won’t be nearly as difficult to influence their children.


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