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NYC Parents Fight Back Against Woke Schools

Vive la Resistance!

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One must always admire Resistance groups. Trapped behind enemy lines, these brave men and women risk the ire of their oppressors as they fight and strive to rid their lands of the tyranny of the Thought Police and their conformist helpers.

Such is the mission of conservative parents in leftist New York City fighting against woke school curriculums that attempt to program school children with Frankfurt School Marxism and left wing racism. We can only say to these paladins of freedom and the West “bonne chance” and remind them of others who also fought in a fictitious yet very real Casablanca.

FNC: “Frustrated private school parents are fighting back on Monday with a series of billboards designed to call out the ‘woke’ ideas they say teachers are using as part of an ‘indoctrination” of students.’

The campaign targets multiple schools like Dalton, Grace Church School and others that have caught headlines for pushing various ideas about race and identity. According to the New York Post, trucks will be parked outside of multiple schools where bystanders will see signs like ‘DIVERSITY NOT INDOCTRINATION.’ The other messages read ‘TEACH HOW TO THINK, NOT WHAT TO THINK’ and ‘WOKE SCHOOL? SPEAK OUT.’ The group told Fox News that as of Monday morning, the billboards had been placed outside of Brearley School, The Dalton School and Trinity School. Monday’s campaign comes after months of nationwide controversy over critical race theory and associated ideas. The issue has become especially poignant in New York City, where some of the nation’s top schools are located.”

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The “Prep School Accountability,” project began the effort. The organization defines itself as a “group of concerned parents who believe there is a better way to promote diversity and inclusivity at leading independent schools in NYC without sacrificing quality education for all students…In recent years, a new orthodoxy has emerged at our schools, dividing our communities based on immutable characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. As a result, the core tenets of high-quality education—uniting all children and families through a love and appreciation for learning and community spirit—have gone by the wayside. Schools should unite us, not divide us.  To save our schools, administrators must ensure academic rigor and intellectual integrity are requirements of any core curriculum while respecting parents as the primary moral educators of their children.”

NYC parental activist Andrew Guttman commented. “I’m not affiliated with the group but I’m very proud that there are other parents that are – even if anonymously doing it but taking some public action against these schools.” Guttman reportedly sent families at his school a scathing letter in April objecting to Brearley’s purported “obsession with race.” Well played Mr. Guttman. The SOE will be in contact.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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