We’ve seen Megyn Kelly pop up quite a bit in our posts about anti-racism and critical race theory being embraced by schools, and now she’s reporting that parents at the pricey Dalton School, an independent K-12 day school located in Manhattan, are fighting back.
As Twitchy reported in December, teachers at the Dalton School were “holding the school for ransom” with a list of demands, including:
- The hiring of 12 diversity officers
- A full-time employee to support black students who come forward with complaints
- Paying off the student debt of incoming black faculty
- Requiring courses on black liberation
- The signing of public “anti-racism” statements from all employees
- Commitment to racial equity in leveled courses by 2023; “at that time, if membership and performance of Black students are not at parity with non-Black students, leveled courses should be abolished”
… and much, much more. “In the same way that subjects such as English, art, physical education, and mathematics have been embedded within the Dalton experience, so too should coursework that is explicitly anti-racist. No Dalton student should graduate without taking classes that center race, identity, difference, and social justice,” wrote the teachers. Not all parents are having it, though.
Parents at Dalton Sch. fight back against “anti-racist” agenda: “Every class has had an obsessive focus on race & identity, “racist cop” reenactments in science, “de- centering whiteness” in art, learning about white supremacy in health…Many of us do not feel welcome any more.” pic.twitter.com/zCSc0ivRiY
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 27, 2021
The letter reads, in part:
Every class this year has had an obsessive focus on race and identity, “racist cop” reenactments in science, “de-centering whiteness” in art class, learning about white supremacy and sexuality in health class. Wildly age-inappropriate, many of these classes feel more akin to a Zoom corporate sensitivity training than to Dalton’s intellectually engaging curriculum.
The new “anti-racist” obsession with race is incredibly exclusionary and hurtful to many of the children and their families, and many are considering leaving. Why would anyone voluntarily send their children to be taught that they are guilty regardless of their decency and kindness? A school where they are constantly reminded of the color of their skin, not the content of their character. What Black parent wants the other children to feel sorry for their kid and look at them differently? We have spoken with dozens of families, of all colors and backgrounds, who are in shock and looking for an alternative school for their children.
Hopefully this is just the beginning of the necessary pushback against this dangerous idealogy and indoctrination
— Ryan (@its_ryanp) January 27, 2021
Start funding students, not schools.
— Mike Howard (@ElPolloDiabloX) January 28, 2021
A well written and eloquent letter. Good for them!
— El Cabrón Invisible 🥼 Committed to Transparency. (@DraconianDad) January 28, 2021
If anything reveals the anti-human, anti-humane, grotesquely distorted view of life that the Woke cult imposes on society, this letter does.
— Jim Bond (@JimBond6) January 28, 2021
Good for them.
— Kallie Elder (@KallieElder5) January 27, 2021
Keep pushing. Ignore the haters.
— Justin (3'6", generally unqualified) (@FIIK85) January 27, 2021
This makes me so sad for our kids.
— Jen Stroup (@JenStroup) January 28, 2021
Glad they are fighting back.
— It's a Mad, mad world. (@Kman35ca) January 27, 2021
I would like somebody to explain to me how exactly this could ever be considered beneficial to anyone involved.
— Chan L (@ChanLPfa) January 28, 2021
We do such a great job teaching science and math in the US. Let’s take more time away from the subject. How long do you think stay a top economy, when we rank 30th in math? Let’s focus on developing skills, full potential for students of all races, ancestry. This isn’t the way.
— Thomas Bourgeois (@ThomasBourgeo18) January 28, 2021
Exactly. I think most Americans must be unaware of how poor the PISA scores are now. American students are nowhere near the top of the heap anymore, especially in math.
— deccmate (@DeccMatebuddy) January 28, 2021
Every word of this is gold, but in particular its description of critical race theory as “untested and untestable.”
— GCinDC (@grcanty) January 28, 2021
The politicization of everything destroys joy. Wokeness is as dour as 17th century puritanism.
— Darel E. Paul (@darelmass) January 28, 2021
"Antiracism" is the most accepted form of racism in America today.
— Navanox the Control Devil (@Navanox) January 28, 2021
— Jose Luis Feliciano (@luismen1991) January 28, 2021
Dalton School teachers demand courses on ‘Black liberation,’ public ‘anti-racism’ statements from all employees https://t.co/m6s0kHWgV7
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 19, 2020