Opposition to the ‘awakened’ ideology about race in New York’s elite private schools is gaining momentum, with more parents coming forward to speak out publicly on the issue.
After a string of controversies at some of Manhattan’s most expensive public schools, more parents shared their concerns in interviews with the New York Post Saturday, with opponents at risk of discussing the controversial issue.
They say they are concerned about the spread of critical racing theory (CRT) in the classroom. CRT is a theoretical framework that society views as dominated by white supremacy, categorizing people as ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.
Parent Harvey Goldman said he took his daughter out of the $ 43,000-a-year Heschel School after learning that the fourth-grader was being tutored about her “ white privilege. ”
Harvey Goldman and Bion Bartning both took their children out of elite private schools in New York after learning they were being educated about their ‘white privilege’
Goldman said he took his daughter from the $ 43,000-a-year Heschel School (above) and moved the family to Florida to enroll in a free public school.
Last September, he sent administrators a private letter, which he is now making public for the first time.
“First and foremost, neither I nor my child have ‘white privilege,’ nor do we have to apologize for it,” Goldman wrote. “To suggest that I do that is insulting. Suggesting my nine-year-old child that she is child abuse, not education. ‘
Goldman told the Post administrators responded “ arrogantly and dismissively, ” suggesting he pull his daughter out of the school if he was dissatisfied.
He did and moved the family to Florida, where his daughter now attends a free public school, which he vetted to make sure CRT was not part of the curriculum.
My mom told everyone to speak up about this – but when I said I was going to do it, she said, ‘I didn’t mean you,’ Goldman joked to the Post.
But I understand her concerns and I have them too. These private schools are very powerful and talk to each other. They want you to hold on and do what you’re told, or else. ‘
Riverdale Country School parent Bion Bartning was also so upset with the ideologies taught there that he pulled his kids out of the $ 54,000-a-year school.
Riverdale Country School parent Bion Bartning was so upset with the ideologies taught there that he pulled his kids out of the $ 54,000-a-year school (above)
Bartning then took it a step further and founded it Foundation against intolerance and racism (FAIR) to fight back against what he calls a dangerous new “orthodoxy.”
Bartning, who is Mexican and Yaqui on one side and Jewish on the other, said he was shocked to learn that schoolchildren are being forced to label themselves as privileged or oppressed by skin color.
“I can’t fit in one of those racing buckets,” Bartning told the Post. “I think it’s wrong to teach children these socially constructed race categories.”
It is a destructive ideology that teaches children to be pessimistic and grievous instead of being optimistic and grateful. It goes against all the values I grew up with, and there are a lot of people who feel the same way I do, ”he said.
Bartning said he had even come across cases where children were given color palettes that matched their skin tone to assess their level of privilege.
Some public school parents have also joined the growing movement against CRT. Maud Maron, a city council candidate with four children in local public schools, condemned the so-called anti-racist philosophy, as CRT is often branded.
“It’s really divisive, ugly orthodoxy and it’s also a multi-million dollar industry,” Maron told The Post. “It’s also very insidious because on the face of it, who wouldn’t want to volunteer to be less racist?”
Maud Maron (left), a city council candidate, and her campaign chairman, Yiatin Chu (right), are parents of a Manhattan public school, but have similar concerns
Maron’s co-chair of the campaign, Yiatin Chu, says she has been vilified for speaking out against CRT.
“I’ve been called a ‘Karen,’ and they tried to pressure me not to speak,” Chu told The Post.
‘It can be very stressful, physically, emotionally and mentally. It feels like a crowd is coming down on you calling you a racist because you are fighting for the kind of education you want for all kids. it’s really gross. I’ve seen it ruin lives. ‘
On Wednesday, Melissa Chen, an advisory board member at FAIR, told Fox News that children are being taught “ a very cynical, intolerant, kind of new racist orthodoxy ” in schools that “ force everyone to see each other by their unchanging characteristics ” such as like the color of their skin.
She called on educational institutions to go back to Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision. to ‘judge people by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin’.
The backlash comes in the wake of a growing body of controversy at elite NYC prep schools, where some parents and teachers have complained about the anti-racism ideology being taught to children.
In one incident, math teacher Paul Rossi was “ relieved of his teaching duties ” at the Grace Church School from $ 57,000 a year in Manhattan after writing an essay last week accusing the school of indoctrinating students.
On Tuesday, Rossi released a recorded phone call in which the school principal, George Davison, admitted to him that “we demonize whites because they are born.”
In one incident, math teacher Paul Rossi (above) was “ relieved of his teaching duties ” at the Grace Church School from $ 57,000 a year in Manhattan after writing an essay last week accusing the school of indoctrinating students.
FAIR has publicly said it is behind deposed teacher Rossi and was the first to leak the phone call between him and the principal on his social media accounts on Tuesday.
Former New York Times editor Weiss also published Rossi’s first blog post in her newsletter last week and hosted a Zoom discussion on Tuesday with Rossi and parent Andrew Gutmann – who had complained about attempts to ‘brainwash’ his daughter on another elite NYC – school The Brearley School.
In Wednesday’s interview, Chen denounced CRT ideology as a “ new racist orthodoxy ” that makes children wonder if they are the oppressed or the oppressor because of their skin race.
“They’re learning a very cynical, intolerant, kind of new racist orthodoxy that forces everyone to see each other – students actually – through their immutable traits,” she said.
So because of their skin color, their gender, their sexual orientation. And it is very harmful, it pits them against each other. It assigns moral values. Are you an oppressor or are you the oppressed?
“Just purely based on skin color and that’s what we see with this language about demonizing white children because they are born oppressors.”
Chen said it is “poignant” for children to learn this.
She cited several schools that had recently fallen into controversy, as some parents and teachers have questioned their approach to anti-racism.
Because these schools are the “elite of the elite,” Chen said these teachings are taught to children who are likely to become the future leaders of the country and at top institutions.
“We’ve had several high-profile cases – you know the Dalton school, the Riverdale school, this happens at the Grace Church school,” she said.