A father has pulled his daughter out of an expensive Upper East Side private school in outrage over the school’s extensive anti-racism policies that include training for parents, and which he said is teaching children to hate their own people.
Andrew Gutmann wrote a harsh letter against The Brearly School, an all-girls school in Manhattan where the fees are $53,000 a year, which he sent to more than 600 other parents.
It mapped out what he described as Brearley’s critical race theory, which he said was advocating that Blacks should forever be seen as helpless victims.
One of the examples he gave was the schools sophomoric and simplistic anti training sessions for parents and the fact that materials that have been taught for years are now suddenly deemed offensive in light of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
He didn’t say which books had been pulled but said it applied to his daughter’s fourth-grade class.
Andrew Gutmann ranted that the girls were being taught to hate their own country and that white scholars were being judged for the colour of their skin.
He further denied that there was systemic prejudice in the US, saying there hadn’t been since the 1960s, and he said that systemic racism, correctly understood, was segregated schools and separate lunch tables.
And that it was the interning of the Japanese and the slaughtering of Jews, and that systemic prejudice was unequivocally not a tiny amount of remote incidences over decades.
He also called out the school for claiming to care about diversity with its race stances while also prioritising legacy students, siblings of other scholars or families with, particularly deep pockets.
And he said that he couldn’t allow a school that not only judges his daughter by the colour of her skin but supports and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs.
He continued that by viewing every element of education, every aspect of history, and every facet of society through the lens of skin colour and race, that they were dishonouring the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, and completely infringing the movement for which such civil rights leaders believed, fought and died.
Andrew Gutmann, a 45-year-old investment banker, went on to say that the school was brainwashing the girls into a single mindset that was most reminiscent of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
This is destructive with this race agenda and they should get back to learning math, the sciences and reading, and they should defund schools that work on Critical Race Theory.
We shouldn’t be hammering away non stop at skin tones, and where a school does this, they’re exercising fascism, and are too blinded by skin tone, and labelling people to see it – we should not be judged by the colour of our skin!
And if Andrew Gutmann disagrees with the ethics of what his daughter’s school is teaching about racism and elimination of specific books, then he’s certainly in his right to notify other parents who also have children at said school about his findings, and he’s also in his right to remove his daughter from the offending school.