Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Parents outraged after celebrity-friendly $45,000-a-year Manhattan school reveals plans to separate children in different classrooms based on race

Like everybnody else, children feel most at ease among others like themselves.  But a major source of difference is race.  So it makes sense to have blacks and whites in separate classes.  That sensible decision founders however on the manic Leftist determination to deny differences between the races

An upscale New York City school's plan to continue segregating students by race has garnered swift disgust from parents.

Last month, parents learned that Little Red School House in the West Village - which has tuition fees of $45,485 a year - would place minority students in the same homerooms for the fall.

Director Philip Kassen was said to have already implemented the practice for the 2017-18 school year for the school's 7th and 8th grade students, and hoped to do the same for 6th grade students in September.

David Schwimmer, Christy Turlington Burns and Sofia Coppola all have children who attend the school

The school consists of approximately 40 students in each grade. Students spend roughly 30 per cent of their school day in homeroom - of which there are two in each grade.

Parent's ire grew after Kassen released a message to them on Wednesday detailing the purpose of the 'initiative' - with many telling the New York Post that they hadn't been privy to the plan beforehand.

One parent said anonymously: 'My daughter who is 11 was like, "Wow, this is crazy. They are talking about separating by color."'

'And I was thinking how antiquated is this? This is backwards. It’s almost like segregation now.'

Another shared that starting as early as the 2016-17 school year, his daughter - who had already graduated - had reported that her classes had been segregated.

'They weren’t very transparent about it,' said the father, who added that his daughter was in the 'minority class.'

'It was my daughter who immediately noticed that all the kids of color were in one class. If you’re going to have that policy, you need to be upfront.'

But the father also stated that his daughter had been separated from her friends starting as early as kindergarten.

'We realized she was placed with all the minority students, but none of her friends. It was peculiar that they didn’t spread everyone out,' he added.

Knowledge of the policy grew in June, with parents going on the ruthless offensive and condemning Kassen and the practice.

'They had a couple meetings with parents and there was a lot of buzz and outrage and yelling,' said a different parent.

'Everyone was saying, "We don’t think it’s necessary. These kids have been friends since kindergarten and nursery school. They don’t see color so why are you doing this?"’

On June 12, Kassen shared that the policy would be reviewed. And eight days later, he shared that the policy was nixed, but that the school would still use 'race as a critical, but not primary, determinant.'

Kassen - who made $403,039 in 2016 - shared with parents that the policy was born after discussions with grads proved for a need to 'create greater opportunities for connection and support.'
'How could a school possibly do that? I don’t know if I would necessarily send a child to a school that separated by race,' said Amanda Uhry, president of Manhattan Private School Advisors. '1964, remember that? We had segregation in America. What is this? It’s segregation!'

'How could a school possibly do that? I don’t know if I would necessarily send a child to a school that separated by race,' said Amanda Uhry, president of Manhattan Private School Advisors. '1964, remember that? We had segregation in America. What is this? It’s segregation!'

He pointed to the school's handbook that states: 'Research points to the academic, social, and emotional benefits to being in a classroom with others who share racial, ethnic, linguistic, and/or cultural backgrounds.'

Private school advisers mostly condemned the practice, with one referring to the practice as 'brouhaha'.

'How could a school possibly do that? I don’t know if I would necessarily send a child to a school that separated by race,' said Amanda Uhry, president of Manhattan Private School Advisors.

'1964, remember that? We had segregation in America. What is this? It’s segregation!'

Victoria Goldman, author of 'The Manhattan Family Guide to Private Schools,' shared that the 96-year-old's policy 'will most likely affect admissions.'     

The luxurious school is a hotspot for known names in the entertainment industry.

David Schwimmer, Christy Turlington Burns and Sofia Coppola all have children who attend the school.


Australia: Push to ABOLISH girls' and boys' schools so children can be free to choose their own gender identities

This is an old chestnut.  Research generally shows that unisex schools enable better attention to studies -- most so with girls

A story often illumines these things well so let  me tell of a certain female person I know.  She is quite bright and was dux of her school in the final year of grade school.  Shortly after her move into junior high school, however, her hormones began to flow. She ended up just about failing all her secondary education.  Boys were of vastly greater interest than her studies.  She eventually dropped out and became a Hippie, working in humble jobs

An academic has called for all schools to become co-educational so students do not see the opposite gender as an 'entirely exotic beast'.

University of South Australia Associate Professor Judith Gill believes grouping boys and girls together would help children to appreciate attributes of the opposite sex.

The professor told The Courier Mail having separate schools creates a divide where boys are 'one way' and 'girls are another way'.

'Together they are less likely to see the opposite gender as an entirely exotic beast but rather just the array of personal attributes that people can choose,' she told the publication.

She believes young people would be freer to choose 'how they want to be' in a co-educational environment.

'Schools have a role in enabling young people to be much more broad in their choosing about how they want to be and that's more likely to occur in a co-educational environment,'she said.

'Certainly future schools are much more likely to be co-educational than not.'

An Australian Council for Educational Research spokesperson told the Financial Review in 2017 single-sex schools could be eliminated by 2035 if statistical trends continue.

The publication reported the number of single-sex independent schools dropped from 31 per cent in 1985, to 24 per cent in 1995 and 12 per cent in 2015.


British Education Regulators Get Creepy With Jewish Girls

Yesodey Hatorah is a Jewish girls school in London’s Stamford Hill neighborhood. Founded during World War II, Yesodey Hatorah became a voluntary-aided school a few years ago, meaning it is funded partly by the state and partly by a religious foundation. Tony Blair attended the opening of its new building in 2005, and the school has maintained its reputation for excellence ever since. More recently, however, regulators have singled out the school for intense scrutiny and opprobrium.

The reason: Yesodey Hatorah is determined to preserve its Orthodox Jewish values and to impart them to students.

This week, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, known as Ofsted, denounced Yesodey Hatorah as “inadequate” and took the school to task for failing to “prepare pupils well for life in modern British society,” as a BBC report put it. No parent wants to hear that about her children’s school, and a few of the concerns about Yesodey Hatorah were legitimate; teachers had blacked out all questions related to the theory of evolution in one exam, for example. But most of the complaints had to do with ideological rather than academic shortcomings.

In keeping with Orthodox religious precepts, “staff had systematically gone through every book to blank out any bare skin on ankles, wrists or necks,” the Ofsted report said. Likewise, “the majority of pictures in books on major artists such as Picasso had been blanked out.”

Yesodey Hatorah was also deemed insufficiently woke by the standards of British secular progressivism and the sexual revolution. The curriculum de-emphasized global warming. Students didn’t learn much by way of sex education and especially about homosexuality, which, according to an earlier report, deprived them of “a full understanding of fundamental British values” and limited their “spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and [did] not promote equality of opportunity in ways that take account of differing lifestyles.” Finally, Ofsted rapped the school’s knuckles for failing to expose the girls to the opposite sex.

Yet, as Giles Fraser wrote in March for UnHerd, “modesty is an important virtue for the Haredim, and that is reflected in their dress–no trousers for women, white shirts and black coats for the men–and also in their desire to protect their children from what they see as early sexualization.” Parents send their daughters to Yesodey Hatorah, precisely because they seek a school that shields them from the vulgarity and sexual coarseness of secular Britain.

The inspection reflected some of that coarseness. Fraser reported:

The Ofsted inspectors obviously came with a fixed agenda, they wanted to talk to the girls about sex. And those who told me about it were obviously made to feel extremely uncomfortable by the questions. Three girls complained to the Principal and he told them to explain that to the inspectors. They did–but that only made matters worse, and invited further interrogation. They were very upset by the whole process. ‘This felt like an attack,’ one of them said, ‘because under no circumstances did we want to discuss things that we were brought up our entire lives not to discuss.’

Talk about a #MeToo moment.

The attack on Yesodey Hatorah is part of a larger campaign against religious education in the U.K. Faithful Jews, Catholics, and Muslims are all targets. Former Education Secretary Justine Greening laid bare the agenda last year in an interview with Sky News. “We have allowed same-sex marriage,” she said. “That’s a massive step forward for the better. And for me, I think people do want to see our major faiths keep up with modern attitudes.” Senior government adviser Louise Casey expressed similar sentiments at the House of Commons: “It is not OK for Catholic schools to be . . . anti-gay marriage. I have a problem with the expression of religious conservatism because I think often it can be anti-equalities.”

If and when totalitarianism arrives in the West, it will carry the grammatically appalling banner of “equalities.”


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