We’ve done a lot of posts about critical race theory infiltrating both public and private schools, and now former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss has a guest piece by Paul Rossi, a New York City high school math teacher. Rossi is saying that he can’t stay silent even though he knows he’s putting his career as an educator at risk.
Paul Rossi is a math teacher in New York City. When he questioned Critical Social Justice, the head of his school told him he caused "harm" to "vulnerable and unformed thinkers" and "neurological disturbance in students’ beings and systems." https://t.co/jzOX8znrTB
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) April 13, 2021
The whole thing is well worth reading. Here’s Rossi:
My school, like so many others, induces students via shame and sophistry to identify primarily with their race before their individual identities are fully formed. Students are pressured to conform their opinions to those broadly associated with their race and gender and to minimize or dismiss individual experiences that don’t match those assumptions. The morally compromised status of “oppressor” is assigned to one group of students based on their immutable characteristics. In the meantime, dependency, resentment and moral superiority are cultivated in students considered “oppressed.”
Recently, I raised questions about this ideology at a mandatory, whites-only student and faculty Zoom meeting. (Such racially segregated sessions are now commonplace at my school.) It was a bait-and-switch “self-care” seminar that labeled “objectivity,” “individualism,” “fear of open conflict,” and even “a right to comfort” as characteristics of white supremacy. I doubted that these human attributes — many of them virtues reframed as vices — should be racialized in this way. In the Zoom chat, I also questioned whether one must define oneself in terms of a racial identity at all. My goal was to model for students that they should feel safe to question ideological assertions if they felt moved to do so.
We’ve also read about these mandatory “whites only” anti-racist training sessions that have white teachers admitting that they’re responsible for the “spirit murder” of black students with lessons steeped in white supremacy — even in math class.
“A few days later, the head of school ordered all high school advisors to read a public reprimand of my conduct out loud to every student in the school,” Rossi writes.
More parents will homeschool or create pods. Teach empathy.
— 2021 is scary (@2021benice2) April 13, 2021
The implications of such actions will be felt in the next 20 years in America.
— Balaji Subramanian ?? (@LaxmanShriram78) April 13, 2021
Outrageous. So glad you published this.
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) April 13, 2021
"Harm" is one of those words that I almost reflexively dismiss now. It is so amorphous it can be used to mean anything, and hence nothing.
— CAMOKAT (@CAMOKAT6) April 13, 2021
This is how I recoil from “safety” and especially “feeling safe”.
— Ryno TTD (@TikiTwinsDad) April 13, 2021
And how words are violence and also silence is violence.
The administrators of public schools are causing "neurological disturbance in students’ beings and systems." In 5-10 years we are going to see the effects of neo-racism being taught in schools.
— Schlitzenfürter (@mattschlitzer) April 13, 2021
Ah yes…..threaten dissenters, minimize other's opinions, ban certain ideas because they are "dangerous"….these are the true ideals that enabled medical practice to flourish! If only these teachers were around in my day we could still bleed out patients and not wash our hands
— OslerGhost (@GhostOsler) April 13, 2021
"A recent faculty email chain received enthusiastic support for recommending that we "‘officially’ flag students” who appear “resistant” to the “culture we are trying to establish.”
Jeezus. Shall we assume that parents pay many thousands of dollars for this horrifying crap?
— ABKinSTL (@ABKinSTL) April 13, 2021
This is a terrifying account of what is going on in our schools. The harm that they are doing is far outweighing any good that they think they are doing. Good for Paul Rossi and his courage for writing this.
— JenniferBurney (@jlrudge1) April 13, 2021
I’m going to humbly throw out a hypothesis: The reason these SJW profs and teachers want to shut down any criticism of their Critical Race Theory with emotional hyperbole is because they know what they are teaching is *wrong* and politically motivated.
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) April 13, 2021
My jaw is on the floor, and I didn’t think I was still shockable. pic.twitter.com/OBXvdTLBmM
— Inez Stepman ⚪️?⚪️ (@InezFeltscher) April 13, 2021
This was the jaw-drop for me. pic.twitter.com/tItrtK8IJi
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) April 13, 2021
Ah yes, flag students who appear “resistant” to the “culture we are trying to establish.”
— Nick Flor-ProfessorF (@ProfessorF) April 13, 2021
Resistance is Futile pic.twitter.com/lpkxu8tSUX
— A Capitalist Macho (@MACHOLITICO) April 13, 2021
Making a list of those who don't conform = cult
Inability to discuss criticism of ideas = cult
It's a cult that maintains power by way of fear. No one wants to be called a racist but it's meaning less and less these days.
— pipertheworm (@BLTrotter) April 13, 2021
There's a word for this …. pic.twitter.com/R8UpSiKPpd
— Sleepy Wizard (@sleepywizard) April 13, 2021
The people implementing these actions have not studied history. They do not think they will be affected by such policies themselves, nor think their logic can and will be used for reciprocal actions against them.
— BaldHeadMan (@BaldHeadMan2) April 13, 2021
How much more evidence to people need to see that communists have infiltrated every level of US society? They said they’d take our schools and media to take our country, and it’s exactly what they did.
— ????? (@STP48315) April 13, 2021
We’ve done a ton of posts like this, and we can only imagine what a small fraction of this “anti-racist” training we’ve covered.
WOW! Loudoun County, VA school committee chair writes in email that teachers against Critical Race Theory ‘cannot be tolerated’ https://t.co/CT6WLkQmdl
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 1, 2021