April 13, 2021
Expensive Fellow Brearley Mother and father,
Our household not too long ago made the choice to not reenroll our daughter at Brearley for the 2021-22 faculty 12 months. She has been at Brearley for seven years, starting in kindergarten. Briefly, we now not imagine that Brearley’s administration and Board of Trustees have any of our youngsters’s finest pursuits at coronary heart. Furthermore, we now not trust that our daughter will obtain the standard of training essential to additional her improvement right into a critically considering, accountable, enlightened, and civic minded grownup. I write to you, as a fellow mother or father, to share our causes for leaving the Brearley neighborhood but additionally to induce you to behave earlier than the harm to the varsity, to its neighborhood, and to your personal kid’s training is irreparable.
It can’t be said strongly sufficient that Brearley’s obsession with race should cease. It ought to be abundantly clear to any considering mother or father that Brearley has utterly misplaced its approach. The administration and the Board of Trustees have displayed a cowardly and appalling lack of management by appeasing an anti-intellectual, intolerant mob, after which permitting the varsity to be captured by that very same mob. What follows are my very own private views on Brearley’s antiracism initiatives, however these are only a handful of the criticisms that I do know different mother and father have expressed.
I object to the view that I ought to be judged by the colour of my pores and skin. I can’t tolerate a college that not solely judges my daughter by the colour of her pores and skin, however encourages and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs. By viewing each ingredient of training, each facet of historical past, and each aspect of society by way of the lens of pores and skin coloration and race, we’re desecrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and completely violating the motion for which such civil rights leaders believed, fought, and died.
I object to the cost of systemic racism on this nation, and at our college. Systemic racism, correctly understood, is segregated colleges and separate lunch counters. It’s the interning of Japanese and the exterminating of Jews. Systemic racism is unequivocally not a small variety of remoted incidences over a interval of a long time. Ask any woman, of any race, if they’ve ever skilled insults from mates, have ever felt slighted by lecturers or have ever suffered the occasional injustice from a college at which they’ve spent as much as 13 years of their life, and you’re certain to listen to grievances, some petty, some not. We’ve not had systemic racism towards Blacks on this nation for the reason that civil rights reforms of the Nineteen Sixties, a interval of greater than 50 years. To state in any other case is a flat-out misrepresentation of our nation’s historical past and provides no understanding to any of at the moment’s societal points. If something, longstanding and widespread insurance policies reminiscent of affirmative motion, level in exactly the wrong way.
I object to a definition of systemic racism, apparently supported by Brearley, that any instructional, skilled, or societal consequence the place Blacks are underrepresented is prima facie proof of the aforementioned systemic racism, or of white supremacy and oppression. Facile and unsupported beliefs reminiscent of these are the polar reverse to the mental and scientific reality for which Brearley claims to face. Moreover, I name bulls** on Brearley’s oft-stated assertion that the varsity welcomes and encourages the really troublesome and uncomfortable conversations concerning race and the roots of racial discrepancies.
I object to the concept that Blacks are unable to reach this nation with out assist from authorities or from whites. Brearley, by adopting important race idea, is advocating the abhorrent viewpoint that Blacks ought to without end be thought to be helpless victims, and are incapable of success no matter their abilities, abilities, or onerous work. What Brearley is instructing our youngsters is exactly the true and proper definition of racism.
I object to obligatory anti-racism coaching for fogeys, particularly when introduced by the rent-seeking charlatans of Pollyanna. These periods, in each their content material and supply, are so sophomoric and simplistic, so unsophisticated and inane, that I’d be embarrassed in the event that they had been taught to Brearley kindergarteners. They’re an insult to oldsters and unbecoming of any instructional establishment, not to mention one among Brearley’s caliber.
I object to Brearley’s vacuous, inappropriate, and fanatical use of phrases reminiscent of “fairness,” “range” and “inclusiveness.” If Brearley’s administration was really involved about so-called “fairness,” it could be discussing the cessation of admissions preferences for legacies, siblings, and people households with particularly deep pockets. If the administration was genuinely critical about “range,” it could not insist on the indoctrination of its college students, and their households, to a single mindset, most paying homage to the Chinese language Cultural Revolution. As an alternative, the varsity would foster an setting of mental openness and freedom of thought. And if Brearley actually cared about “inclusiveness,” the varsity would return to the ideas encapsulated within the motto “One Brearley,” as an alternative of instructing the terribly divisive concept that there are solely, and all the time, two teams on this nation: victims and oppressors.
l object to Brearley’s advocacy for teams and actions reminiscent of Black Lives Matter, a Marxist, anti household, heterophobic, anti-Asian and anti-Semitic group that neither speaks for almost all of the Black neighborhood on this nation, nor in any approach, form or kind, represents their finest pursuits.
I object to, as we’ve got been informed time and time once more over the previous 12 months, that the varsity’s first precedence is the security of our youngsters. For goodness sake, Brearley is a college, not a hospital! The primary precedence of a college has all the time been, and all the time will likely be, training. Brearley’s misguided priorities exemplify each the security tradition and “cover-your-ass” tradition that collectively have proved so poisonous to our society and have so broken the psychological well being and resiliency of two generations of youngsters, and counting.
I object to the gutting of the historical past, civics, and classical literature curriculums. I object to the censorship of books which have been taught for generations as a result of they comprise dated language probably offensive to the thin-skinned and hypersensitive (one thing that has already occurred in my daughter’s 4th grade class). I object to the decreasing of requirements for the admission of scholars and for the hiring of lecturers. I object to the erosion of rigor in classwork and the escalation of grade inflation. Any mother or father with eyes open can foresee these inevitabilities ought to antiracism initiatives be allowed to persist.
We’ve at the moment in our nation, from each political events, and in any respect ranges of presidency, probably the most unwise and unvirtuous leaders in our nation’s historical past. Colleges like Brearley are speculated to be the coaching grounds for these leaders. Our nation is not going to survive a technology of management much more poorly educated than we’ve got now, nor will we survive a technology of scholars taught to hate its personal nation and despise its historical past.
Lastly, I object, with as robust a sentiment as attainable, that Brearley has begun to show what to assume, as an alternative of the best way to assume. I object that the varsity is now fostering an setting the place our daughters, and our daughters’ lecturers, are afraid to talk their minds at school for worry of “penalties.” I object that Brearley is making an attempt to usurp the position of fogeys in instructing morality, and bullying mother and father to undertake that false morality at dwelling. I object that Brearley is fostering a divisive neighborhood the place households of various races, which till not too long ago had been a part of the identical neighborhood, are actually segregated into two. These are the the reason why we will now not ship our daughter to Brearley.
Over the previous a number of months, I’ve personally spoken to many Brearley mother and father in addition to mother and father of youngsters at peer establishments. It’s abundantly clear that almost all of fogeys imagine that Brearley’s antiracism insurance policies are misguided, divisive, counterproductive and cancerous. Many imagine, as I do, that these insurance policies will in the end destroy what was till not too long ago, an exquisite instructional establishment. However as I’m certain will come as no shock to you, given the insidious cancel tradition that has of late permeated our society, most mother and father are too fearful to talk up.
However converse up you need to. There may be energy in numbers and I guarantee you, the numbers are there. Contact the administration and the Board of Trustees and demand an finish to the harmful and anti-intellectual claptrap often called antiracism. And if adjustments are usually not forthcoming then demand new management. For the sake of our neighborhood, our metropolis, our nation and most of all, our youngsters, silence is now not an possibility.