Elite NYC private schools require parents to sign ‘anti-racism’ pledge and complete ‘anti-racism training’
Several private schools in New York City not only require students to learn about “anti-racism,” but now require parents to do the same.
The New York Post reviewed documents from five New York private schools and found that several instituted ‘optional’ and mandatory ‘anti-racism’ and ‘diversity, equity and inclusion’ training for parents, not just students. .
At Brearley School, an all-girls prep school, « parents are required to attend two Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism (DEIA) workshops per school year, » according to an admissions application.
Additionally, prospective parents are required to write a 500-word essay that explains their commitment to issues of « diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. »
Parents of admitted students must sign an ‘anti-racism statement’, which asks parents to ‘commit’ to several actions, including ’embracing diversity, equity and inclusion at Brearley, demonstrated through participation in training , mandatory school dialogue and behavior.”
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The signed statement also asks parents to establish « your family’s responsibility to uphold » the values of « diversity, equity and inclusion. »
“We expect teachers, staff, students and parents to participate in anti-racism training and to pursue meaningful change through deliberate and measurable actions. These actions include identifying and eliminating policies, practices and beliefs that maintain racial inequality in our community, » the statement reads.
Brearley’s website says it « expects » parents, students, staff, faculty and administrators to « pursue meaningful change through deliberate and measurable actions » that include « participating in anti-racism training and identify and eliminate policies, practices and beliefs that maintain racial inequality in our community. »
Andrew Gutmann, who removed his daughter from Brearley, told the New York Post that « they want parents to be indoctrinated the same way they want their children. »
Annual tuition at many of these schools is around $60,000, according to the New York Post.
Chapin School hosted a roundtable for parents who were considering applying for their children to attend the school, which focused on the school’s « ongoing commitment to equity and inclusion. , including our latest community-wide initiatives.”
People who attended the event said that even though the event was optional, applicants would not get very far in the admissions process if they did not attend.
« They take attendance, they have badges, there’s someone from the admissions office to see who’s going and who’s not, » a parent told the New York Post. « If you don’t go, your child won’t get very far in the admissions process. »
Grace Church High School, also in New York, required students to sign a pledge promising to « recognize and acknowledge our own biases » and reject « the spread of racial propaganda and racism throughout the school. »
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Students who violate the recognizance may be « held accountable, » according to the recognizance.
The school said it would not use the pledge in the future, but did not denounce it.
« Respecting differing viewpoints is a fundamental commitment of the school, » said a Grace Church High School spokesperson.
Spence School, an all-girls school, brought in staff from diversity, equity and inclusion consultancy Pacific Educational Group to host a « Courageous Conversation Equity Workshop » and invited parents to attend it.
The Pacific Educational Group has previously tweeted that the Nobel Prize comes with « the baggage of a racist history » and said racism in the NFL is « far from startling news ».
A spokesperson for Spence told the New York Post that the workshop is « strictly optional » and « does not involve students. »
The Bronx-based Horace Mann School hosted a « family learning session » where its DEI consultant Ronald Taylor spoke about Robin DiAngelo, the author of « White Fragility. »
« How can we take DiAngelo’s message and make it applicable to all communities across the [Horace Mann] community,” Taylor said.
During the presentation, Taylor wore a mask reading « Black Lives Matter » and « I Can’t Breathe, » a reference to words spoken by George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020 moments before his death as a white police officer knelt on that neck.
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« I don’t necessarily want to be in white spaces, because when black kids were put in those spaces, their support and their caregivers were taken away and they were put in racially hostile environments, » Taylor told parents.
A school spokesperson said the workshop was « entirely voluntary ».
« The workshop was designed to educate parents about what they were hearing not only in the news at the time, but also about their children. It was entirely voluntary and if a parent disagrees with this instruction or the content, their children would be welcome at Horace Mann, » the spokesperson said.