March 11, 2021

We’ve all heard stories about wealthy parents and how important it is for them to get little Elam or Bella into just the “right” private school, even the right pre-school. If their kids are going to get into Harvard or Yale, they reason, they have to create a perfect resume that starts at birth. That isn't new.

But some parents in moneyed areas of California and New York are questioning what the modern incarnation of these schools is doing to their kids. Only they don’t DARE talk about it.

I think a lot of us who’d heard about “cancel culture” might not have realized what a powerful and destructive force it’s become in America until the past week. That’s because it’s gone so far overboard that now it just feels crazy. A line was crossed. It was only a matter of time before this happened, because once canceling things became the mindset, it could never end; there was always something else to cancel. Once they got to Dr. Seuss, Pepe Le Pew and Dumbo, just about everybody was saying, “Hey, wait a minute!”

Among certain social and professional circles, however, the slightest deviation from this way of thinking is not permitted. And that’s what inspired an amazing article about parents who are at a loss for how to deal with their kids’ schooling, particularly the damaging messages constantly being sent about the evils of capitalism and whiteness.

The author, Bari Weiss, was invited to attend a very surreptitious meeting of parents in a West Los Angeles back yard, where they expressed an all-encompassing fear of speaking out against some of the things their kids were being taught. These small get-togethers are so top-secret, participants turn off their cameras and use pseudonyms for their Zoom calls. Their kids all go to the most prestigious school in town, Harvard-Westlake. Tuition: $40,000 a year.

What are their kids getting for that? Plenty...of garbage. It’s not just the highly ironic demonization of capitalism, but constant identity politics, a total focus on becoming an “anti-racist institution.” Here’s the mindset, as stated by the school.

After an analysis conducted by an “outside expert” who did a “school-wide assessment” in 2014, they made changes to their “curriculum, hiring practices, student programs and professional training.” Perceived racial inequity is treated as an “urgent crisis,” with anti-racism required “at the individual, interpersonal, institutional and structural levels...” The steps they’ve taken in the past several years “are far from being enough,” they say. Anti-racism must be “an essential element of our curriculum and culture.”

So how does that translate into the day-to-day experience of students? Well, as you might expect, the kids are being told that America is evil and that they bear collective racial guilt. “They are making my son feel like a racist because of the color of his skin,” one mother says. Parents describe this as an ideological movement that is taking over the schools.

No parents interviewed for this article allowed Weiss to use their names --- not one. They are terrified of being exposed. The school can ask kids to leave for any reason, and once this happens, according to one parent, “you’ll be blacklisted from all the private schools and you’ll be known as a racist, which is worse than being called a murderer.”

One parent who was born in a Communist country said, “I came to this country escaping the very same fear of retaliation that now my own child feels.”

The kids are fearful, too, of the social shaming that goes along with being identified as a racist, or even as a capitalist. “The kids are scared of other kids,” said one of the moms. Another mom said, “My son knew I was talking to you and he begged me not to. He wants to go to a great university, and he told me that one bad statement from me will ruin us. This is the United States of America. Are you freaking kidding me?”

The kids are described as anxious, paranoid, insecure, and closed off even from the kids who would otherwise be their close friends. And it’s much more important that they read WHITE FRAGILITY than to read Shakespeare (whom we’ve seen canceled or censored in some schools). The schools appear to be indoctrinating their students at the behest of the prestigious universities that will presumably be welcoming them. “The colleges want children --- customers --- that are going to be pre-aligned to certain ideologies that originally came out of those colleges,” said one STEM teacher.

This industry sounds like a mill that turns out good little anti-capitalists, race police and political warriors. And the kids know their futures depend on going along.

They’re even taught how to “speak woke,” as this is a complex and ever-evolving language. One school in Manhattan helpfully offers a 12-page language guide. I’ll bet they have to update it weekly, as we’ve seen once-approved terms such as “sexual preference” suddenly become offensive. (It’s not a “preference” –- last I heard, it’s an “orientation.”) And then there are all the pronouns. As the article says, “Fluency in ‘woke’ is an effective class marker and key for these princelings to retain status in university and beyond.”

Even the black kids who attend these posh schools and who can almost certainly look forward to a glorious professional life are brainwashed into thinking they are “oppressed” because of the color of their skin.

One math teacher in New York City said he felt as though he were in a cult and trying to keep the students from becoming members. He was alarmed at the toll it was taking on his students. “They are being educated in resentment and fear,” he said. “It’s extremely dangerous.”

Yes, even the math and science classes have been permeated by “identity” ideology. For example, in physics class, “they don’t call them Newton’s Laws anymore,” according to one upperclassman. “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.”

I suspect that if they ever had a statue of Sir Isaac Newton or Shakespeare on campus, it’s long gone.

The paranoid atmosphere at these schools is reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984 --- isn’t it awful that we keep having to invoke that book these days? --- where everyone is constantly afraid of being “found out,” of not showing sufficient love for Big Brother or not looking hateful enough in the Two Minutes’ Hate. Every word, every expression is scrutinized. Whoever lets his guard down will be made a nonperson. And isn’t that very much like being canceled?

This is not going to change until families get out of their “elite” mindset and choose to get out of such a toxic system. To parents who are reaching the breaking point: you are not a racist just because some twisted prep-school faculty says you are. “Anti-racism” is poison. It IS racism. There are other ways to be well-educated (likely BETTER educated) and successful than to go to an Ivy League school.

Another big way to make change: stop giving these schools money. I notice that they talk a good anti-capitalist game but love money like Scrooge McDuck.

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  • Dot Whitley

    03/13/2021 01:08 PM

    No matter the color of skin, God chose to make each of us what he wanted us to be,and we should just be thankful we are here. Life is short,and living the best,and the most obedient life we possibly can is what is required of us. Love our neighbor as we love ourselves is what's expected of us. Most of us have seen somebody with gorgeous skin color and lovely hair, and lots of other features that we admire, and that's normal, but hating those we admire ,who had nothing to do do with having better features than we think we have is down right stupid.
    Let us have pity on the many handicapped people, who actually suffer for a reason, and they did nothing to cause their pain , and nothing to deserve it . Let us concentrate on how we can help them have purpose and joy in this short life, which is much better than selfishly rebelling against the God who created us the color we are. There's nothing we can do about it so we might as well give it up.

  • William J Douglas

    03/13/2021 12:17 PM

    This message is a response to the woke, PC, hate America cancel culture that has invaded our schools.
    New High School Principal

    We watched high school principal Dennis Prager of Colorado, along with Tom Brokaw on TV a couple of weeks ago.... what a dynamic, down to earth speaker. Even though Brokaw was also a guest speaker he did little but nod and agree with him. This is the guy that should be running for President in 2024!

    A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give.

    By Dennis Prager.

    To the students and faculty of our high school:

    I am your new principal, and honored to be so.
    There is no greater calling than to teach young people.

    I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.

    First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity.
    I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity -- your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American.

    This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America, one of its three central values – e pluribus Unum, "from many, one." And this school will be guided by America 's values. This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.

    Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism -- an unhealthy preoccupation with the self -- while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.

    Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America 's citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here -- it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English -- but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.

    Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning's elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

    Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school's property -- whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can't speak without using the f -word, you can't speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as "Nigger," even when used by one black student to address another black, or "bitch," even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

    Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way -- the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago -- by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.

    Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue. There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately fortunate -- to be alive and to be an American.

    Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.

    Pass this along if you agree. If not delete…and later regret it!

  • Jim Greer

    03/12/2021 02:15 PM

    You make some very good points in this article. I might go a little farther to ask - when are some of these parents going to “grow a set “ (or something similar) and inform the school administrators that they are paying $xxxxxx to have their children educated not indoctrinated. Granted I have no dog in this hunt and I am of the age where it doesn’t matter to me what people think of me - within reason - but it seems to the saying “all that’s required for evil to thrive is for good people to do nothing“ would apply here. End times maybe?

  • L

    03/11/2021 02:05 PM

    Spot on! Stop giving them your money!