Dalton School principal Jim Best announced his departure from the prestigious Manhattan school after pushing his progressive agenda centered on controversial “anti-racist” theory.
A letter from parents describes the academic turn with brainwashing overtones, which the institution took over the past year and which they certainly reject, according to Fox News on April 17.
“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,” reads part of the April 16 letter.
It adds, “Wildly inappropriate, many of these classes feel more akin to a Zoom corporate sensitivity-training than to Dalton’s intellectually engaging curriculum.” The letter was sent to students’ homes and was unsigned.
In bidding farewell after 16 years on the job, Best extolled his doctrine based on “advancing an ambitious Diversity, Equity & Inclusion mission,” evidencing that parents were not wrong.
His leftist leanings had advanced so far that even the school’s chief diversity officer, Domonic Rollins, left in February over the scandal that began in December.
In December, a group of teachers drafted and published an “anti-racist” manifesto, calling for the hiring of 12 diversity officers and an overhaul of the entire curriculum to better reflect social justice imperatives.
It appears that this type of leftist indoctrination extends to other educational institutions, as evidenced by a letter from the father of a student at the prestigious Brearley College, located on the Upper East Side, also in New York.
Andrew Gutmann not only wrote a lengthy 1,700-word letter, but withdrew his daughter, who attended the educational institution for seven years, starting in kindergarten, at the cost of $54,000 per year.
“It should be abundantly clear to any thinking parent that Brearley has completely lost its way. The administration and the Board of Trustees have displayed a cowardly and appalling lack of leadership by appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob,” Gutmann said.
He also said he opposed those radical guidelines and: “to the view that I should be judged by the color of my skin. I cannot tolerate a school that not only judges my daughter by the color of her skin but encourages and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs.”
He added, “By viewing every element of education, every aspect of history, and every facet of society through the lens of skin color and race, we are desecrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and utterly violating the movement for which such civil rights leaders believed, fought, and died.”
After the school’s principal rejected Gutman’s statements, Gutman responded by reaffirming her views and compared her indoctrination to that typical of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
“If the administration was genuinely serious about ‘diversity,’ it would not insist on the indoctrination of its students and their families, to a single mindset, most reminiscent of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Instead, the school would foster an environment of intellectual openness and freedom of thought.”
Moreover, Gutman denounced the school, saying, “Brearley has begun to teach what to think, instead of how to think.”