An award-winning teacher has resigned from a private prep school in Englewood, New Jersey, over its critical race theory (CRT) endorsement.
Regarding the unusual ideologies that the Dwight-Englewood School in Bergen County wants to instill in its students, English teacher Dana Stangel-Plowe could not accept being part of the system.
“The school’s ideology requires students to see themselves not as individuals, but as representatives of a group, forcing them to adopt the status of privilege or victimhood,” wrote Stangel-Plowe in her letter to the school heads.
She was also expected to teach critical race theory.
“As a result, students arrive in my classroom accepting this theory as fact: People born with less melanin in their skin are oppressors, and people born with more melanin in their skin are oppressed. Men are oppressors, women are oppressed, and so on.”
“This is the dominant and divisive ideology that is guiding our adolescent students,” said Stangel-Plowe, believing that such knowledge only serves to create a “hostile culture of conformity and fear.”
From the former english teacher’s viewpoint, the effects of the lessons on students were dire.
“This ideology limits students’ ability to observe and engage with the full fabric of human experience in our literature,” she said, adding that students “have become rigid and closed-minded, unable or unwilling to consider alternative perspectives.”
Adding to Stangel-Plowe’s disappointment with her employer, students of a different view from the school were subjected to “pressure to conform.”
“I’ve heard from students who want to ask a question but stop for fear of offending someone. I have heard from students who don’t participate in discussions for fear of being ostracized.”
According to Stangel-Plowe, the situation with teachers who might not find common ground with the school’s orientation was somewhat the same. She recalled that Head of School Rodney De Jarnett twice in 2017 and 2018 demanded the teachers comply or be fired and replaced “with people of color.”
Promoting such ideologies, the school went as far as segregating the teaching staff by their color in a recent faculty meeting, with the “white caucus” group required to acknowledge that they had to “to take responsibility for [our] power and privilege.”
Resolving not to join in spreading the “regressive and illiberal” orthodoxies with the private school, Stangel-Plowe knew she had to sacrifice her high-paying position.
“Today, I am resigning from a job I love because D-E has changed in ways that undermine its mission and prevent me from holding true to my conscience as an educator,” declared the English teacher, who revealed that Dwight-Englewood’s tuition fees were as exorbitant at $52,100 a year per student from grade six to 12.
The teacher’s resignation letter was published online by the Foundation Against Racism and Intolerance (FAIR), an organization formed earlier this year by concerned parents of private school Bion Bartning. They resolved to revolt against the adoption of CRT in the teaching curriculum.
Many critics of the CRT agenda derided it for its close link to Marxism ideology.