Parents Organize in Secret, Terrified of Their Children’s School Curriculum

Mish

Parents are terrified of what their kids are being taught in school. They are even more terrified of speaking openly about what's happening.

Indoctrination, American style

Please consider the The Miseducation of America’s Elites

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. 

This Harvard-Westlake parents’ group is one of many organizing quietly around the country to fight what it describes as an ideological movement that has taken over their schools. This story is based on interviews with more than two dozen of these dissenters—teachers, parents, and children—at elite prep schools in two of the bluest states in the country: New York and California.

The parents in the backyard say that for every one of them, there are many more, too afraid to speak up. The atmosphere is making their children anxious, paranoid, and insecure—and closed off from even their close friends. “My son knew I was talking to you and he begged me not to,” another Harvard-Westlake mother told me.

Chapin School

Consider this story, from Chapin, the tony all-girls school on the Upper East Side, involving a white girl in the lower grades who came home one day and told her father: “All people with lighter skin don’t like people with darker skin and are mean to them.” He was horrified as she explained that that was what she had been taught by her teachers. “I said to her: that’s not how we feel in this family.”

It’s worth taking a look at Chapin’s various affinity groups, which have become de rigueur at all of these schools. (Chapin did not respond to a request for comment.)

For high schoolers, the message is more explicit. A Fieldston student says that students are often told “if you are white and male, you are second in line to speak.” This is considered a normal and necessary redistribution of power.

Chapin Affinity Groups and Culture Clubs

Chapin Affinity Groups and Culture Clubs

I expanded a few of the groups. 

Chapin Affinity Groups

Isn't It Racist to Organize Groups by Race?

And what about The Jewish Affinity Group? Its description is more than a bit bizarre. It's a group for "Professional Community Members". 

The author of the above article, Bari Weiss writes at bariweiss.substack.com. She is also on the board of advisors of the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism.

She relates this experience.

I have a friend in New York who is the mother to a four-year-old. She seems exactly the kind of parent these schools would want to attract: a successful entrepreneur, a feminist, and a diehard Manhattanite. She’d dreamed of sending her daughter to a school like Dalton. One day at home, in the midst of the application process, she was drawing with her daughter, who said offhandedly: “I need to draw in my own skin color.” Skin color, she told her mother, is “really important.” She said that’s what she learned in school.

Culture Indoctrination

These allegedly anti-racist schools openly promote race as the be all and end all of fixing what's wrong.

Anyone who dares speak up is ostracized at best. 

Try to Be Less White

In case you missed it, Coca Cola Confirms Training Employees ‘Try To Be Less White’

This is culture indoctrination, American style. 

Mish

Comments (122)
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Ploshid Pobedy
Ploshid Pobedy

Sounds like a good solution to the problem of racism in our society. It's my No. 1 concern. Thank goodness these educators recognize the systemic problem and are taking steps to correct it. Kudos to those administrators who have taken on the problem. $40K/yr no great expense to correct the inequities of society.

JonSellers
JonSellers

Most of these private schools have a board of directors. It would be interesting to know who are on their Boards and who is funding them.

threeblindmice
threeblindmice

This is an existential threat to our country. Dividing people by race, the elimination of standards (SATs, MCATs, admissions, hiring, promotions) in favor of ethnic distribution of stepping stones, viewing all interactions as power dynamics playing out, the intensification of different standards of behavior according to race, increasingly attacks on those who believe in universal humanism ("being color blind is racist") or who have the less desireable skin color, the indoctrination of children instead of raising the US' mediocre educational outcomes.... This is immoral, unamerican and can become very dangerous.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

The inmates have taken over the asylum. People who think all this is just great.....are completely delusional.

This is the chickens coming home to roost on the Democratic Party identity politics platforms that make everybody feel entitled to something.....unless you happen to be white, or worse.....white male.

It has gained ground because social media can move mountains....when some viral video of police malfeasance suddenly gives the impression that racism is some overwhelming problem in policing, when the explanations are actually less simple than simple-minded people can understand....or want to understand.

I have no idea where this will end. I just know it fits hand-in-glove with the general dumbing down of the American people.

There is a broad cultural shift in progress around gender and race. It is considered well-meant, for the most part.....but it’s based on terribly deluded thinking....AND, on power politics out of the late stage communist playbook.

There is a leadership in this movement.....that masquerades as being for social justice, when the real intent is just to shift the power base to a new group of deciders.

Public and private schools are eaten up with political correctness and social justice. I’m sure glad my kids are grown...and that I’m not in a position (for the most part) to have to bow down to this false narrative.

Lance Manly
Lance Manly

These are private schools. You don't like it send your kid to a different school.

jacob_zuma
jacob_zuma

The problem is that Bari Weiss is not exactly the most credible or impartial source, so I would take all her anonymous inflammatory anecdotes with a heavy grain of salt.

KidHorn
KidHorn

I've been a democrat my whole life. After Trump won in 2016, the democratic party had a stroke and never recovered. The current democratic party is nothing like it was under Clinton or Obama.

Systemic racism is used to cover failed democratic leadership. If you're a school superintendent of a failed inner city school system, you can either admit you're a failure at your job or claim the problem is systemic racism. They choose to claim the problems are beyond their control. Systemic racism will insure inner city problems are never solved because their solution is to get rid of something that doesn't exist.

There are probably more black millionaires in the US than in the entire rest of the world. If you're born black in the US, your chances of making it in the NBA is probably 10x greater than if you're born white. 90% of NBA players would not be in the NBA if they weren't black. You would be hard pressed to find a group of people who benefit more from being black than NBA players. And yet, they're the biggest complainers of racism. NFL players aren't far behind.

shamrock
shamrock

Don't go there. Problem solved.

karljen
karljen

Fight racism with racism

BillSanDiego
BillSanDiego

This started out as a way to get votes by pandering to various subsets of the voting population. It has morphed into a form of warfare, setting subsets of the population against each other so that the divided population cannot unite against the elite group which rules.

Sechel
Sechel

No doubt the Left tries to block out some voices, but the right's been doing this for years too.

simb555
simb555

My children went to private school in the 80s and early 90s. It cost about $10000/ea and they received a great education. Today, the same school cost about $50000/ea. If one can afford private school and does not like the education they provide it does not cost that much more to hire a private tutor for your child's education under home schooling rules.

KidHorn
KidHorn

I think everyone is racist. And not just people. It extends to all animals and likely plants too.

Parents favor their children. Grand parents favor their grandchildren. Aunts and Uncles favor their nieces and nephews. It's self evident. If you disagree. Stop reading. You're too dumb to understand.

The same is true with animals. A mother bear will risk her life for a cub. Why? if the cub died, it would make her life easier. Alligators and birds guard their nests. And so on. It's because of racism. We're genetically coded to favor those who are genetically similar to us. The same probably occurs in plants. A tree might steer nutrients towards something grown from her seed. The creatures that weren't racist, went extinct. They failed to favor their genetics, so their DNA died out.

Racism is bad because someone is being judged by something they can't control. But, since we're all coded to be racist, we can't control being racist either. So accusing someone of being racist is similar to being racist.

I'm not advocating racism. It's bad. People should try their best not to be racist. But, trying to eliminate it is doomed to fail. Just like outlawing sex would be doomed to failure. We can't alter our DNA to eliminate the racist gene or gene(s). Better to accept it exists and will always exist, no matter what. Maybe trying to overturn blatant examples is achievable.

DHolzer
DHolzer

Why any outrage about super elite private schools? Kids are going to learn more culture and values from their peers and parents than from classes. Do most of these kids even pay attention in class? The value of these schools is entirely in networking and the alumni networks. And if the parents don't like the curriculum, send your kids to another school (or, heaven forbid, a public school). Capitalism may fall, but this seems more like the parents want someone else to blame for their kids being lazy (aka not looking to be doctors, lawyers or bankers).

Sechel
Sechel

I doubt the kids are upset. Maybe some parents

Realist
Realist

I'm not sure what point Mish is attempting to make here. Is it that America is hopelessly full of racists and no one knows what to do about it? Is it that private schools are incredibly expensive and not worth it; therefore send your kids to public schools? Is it that America needs more focus on skills education in order to compete against other countries? Or, perhaps he is interested in starting up his own private school, where he can decide what the correct curriculum should be? Or maybe he is advocating for home schooling?

Dutoit
Dutoit

People in Russia have suffered from this kind of brainwashing for 70 years, and see what remains of this...
Anyway, are these schools public schools ? If these parents are wealthy some private schools will emerge with a different kind of teaching.

njbr
njbr

Ahahahaa..the revenge of elitism.

Minimally paid "safe" teachers teaching that elitism sucks, money isn't the key to happiness, and that it is necessary to "question authority".

Because as we all know--bow to your betters, capitalism leads to true happiness, and follow the GOP current version of truth.

Doug78
Doug78

How strange. You push people to vote for the party which encourages this and has made it an integral part of their policies and then complain when they put those same policies in action. Why are you surprised and why would you think that the party in power will change on this.

oee
oee

we already tried the Neo Liberal way and has failed for last 42 years. We had had the internet bubble; the housing bubble; the failed Covid 19 response in the Uk & the US ( Reaganism & Thatcherism). time is up.

Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

Anecdotes only qualify as evidence when they support your own point of view.

KyleW
KyleW

There's an easy solution. Don't send your kids to those schools. Hopefully the Left is just going through a phase.

Esclaro
Esclaro

I love it when white people who control everything in this country whine like little bitches about how everyone is mean to them and nobody likes them. Poor oppressed white people.

BornInZion
BornInZion

I self-identify as a white male of color.

Quanta
Quanta

One of the reasons to send your child to a private $50k school is that the public education system does not handle children well that are outside the expected norm. My son is 1 year ahead of reading and 2+ years ahead of 1st grade. The public teachers told us there is nothing they can do to challenge the kid - the kid will have to learn what he already knows for 1-2 years to be the same as the rest of the class.
WTH.

Tengen
Tengen

I went to private school, not by choice. Many years later I still think upper tier public schools are better, the curriculum is at least as good and you don't have to waste one class every semester on religious studies like I did.

bradw2k
bradw2k

All mainstream American schools are like this, full of PC programming about "racism" and environmentalism. And yes, capitalism is considered evil, that's treated as axiomatic.

As a parent, it is very challenging to avoid this stuff, options are limited.

Frank Sterle Jr.
Frank Sterle Jr.

I'd like to see secondary-high-school child-development science curriculum implemented, which ideally would include some psychology and neurodiversity lessons (albeit not overly complicated). It would be course material, however, considerably more detailed than what's already covered by the current basic home-economics (etcetera) classes, which typically is diaper changing, baby feeding and so forth.

I believe the latter do not suffice, especially in contemporary times.

General society perceives thus treats human procreative rights as though we’ll somehow, in blind anticipation, be innately inclined to sufficiently understand and appropriately nurture our children’s naturally developing minds and needs. I find that mentality — however widely practiced — wrong and needing re-evaluation, however unlikely that will ever happen.

I wonder how many instances there have been wherein immense long-term suffering by children of dysfunctional rearing might have been prevented had the parent(s) received, as high school students, some crucial parenting or child development education by way of mandatory curriculum? After all, dysfunctional and/or abusive parents, for example, may not have had the chance to be anything else due to their lack of such education and their own dysfunctional/abusive rearing as children.

For decades, I have strongly felt that a psychologically and emotionally sound (as well as a physically healthy) future should be all children’s foremost right—especially considering the very troubled world into which they never asked to enter—and therefore child development science should be learned long before the average person has their first child.


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