Journalist Bari Weiss released a long-form expose in City Journal on Tuesday, going into the details of leftist “woke” ideology and how it has infiltrated private schools across the United States.
The articles, inspired by the anonymous testimony of dozens of parents, teachers, and students with ties to some of the nation’s most prestigious private prep schools, shined a light on how the children who are being indoctrinated at these institutions will be the powerful elite of the future. Now, these whistleblowers want the world to know what is going on within the walls of these education centers.
It is not only the humanities that are changing under the regime of the woke agenda, but even physics is reportedly changing under the influence of this new dogmatic ideology.
“We don’t call them Newton’s laws anymore…We call them the three fundamental laws of physics….They say we need to ‘decenter whiteness,’” one upperclassman at Fieldston said—a top private school in the Bronx for which the 2020-21 tuition was $55,510. The institution apparently also offers an elective called “historicizing whiteness.”
Manhattan’s Grace Church School, which has been at the center of a controversy over its “Inclusive Language Guide,” offers a course titled: “Allying: Why? Who? and How?” The curriculum reportedly “includes a ‘zine called ‘Accomplices Not Allies‘ that declares ‘the work of an accomplice in anti-colonial struggle is to attack colonial structures & ideas,’ alongside a photograph of a burning police car,” Weiss writes.
This is going on as Harvard-Westlake, “in its extensive antiracist plan announced this summer, included ‘redesigning the 11th grade U.S. History course from a critical race theory perspective,’ among many similar goals,” Weiss goes on to say.
It only gets worse: “One teacher…was asked to teach an antiracist curriculum that included a ‘pyramid’ of white supremacy. At the top was genocide. At the bottom was ‘two sides to every story.’”
According to Weiss’s sources, the effect on kids is both profound and damaging. This academic obsession with race “has made me think about race more… MLK would condemn my school,” one student said.
This does not only include high schoolers. Even young children are being told to look at the world through the lens of skin color. One elementary child at Chapin reportedly told her father: “All people with lighter skin don’t like people with darker skin and are mean to them.” Taken aback by the statement, her father tried to explain to her that’s “not how we feel in this family.”
One four-year-old child reportedly told her mother: “I need to draw in my own skin color.” Skin color, the child said, “is really important,” according to the story.
Teachers opposed to this way of thinking are terrified of losing their jobs, with one teacher saying that “to speak against this is to pull all of your moral capital at risk.”
“The school can ask you to leave for any reason,” one mother at Brentwood said, another Los Angeles prep school. “Then you’ll be blacklisted from all the private schools and you’ll be known as a racist, which is worse than being called a murderer.”
As one parent who fled a communist country states: “I came to this country escaping the very same fear of retaliation that now my own child feels.”
Though these parents may be wealthy, they feel trapped when it comes to the education of their children.
“‘I don’t mean to get emotional, I just feel helpless…I’m too afraid,” one parent told Weiss. “I’m too afraid to speak too loudly. I feel cowardly. I just make little waves.”
According to another parent: “It’s fear of retribution. Would it cause our daughter to be ostracized? Would it cause people to ostracize us? It already has.”
The Daily Wire reported:
Weiss also explores why this is happening. One STEM teacher from a prestigious New York prep school gave a chilling answer: “The colleges want children — customers — that are going to be pre-aligned to certain ideologies that originally came out of those colleges…I call it woke-weaning. And that’s the product schools like mine are offering.”
According to some of these teachers, “power in America now comes from speaking woke, a highly complex and ever-evolving language.”
Weiss states: “Fluency in woke is an effective class marker and key for these princelings to retain status in university and beyond. The parents know this, and so woke is now the lingua franca of the nation’s best prep schools.”
Weiss provided a sample of the elite insider “woke” language, as modeled by Harvard-Westlake English teacher when she welcomed students back from their break: “I am a queer white womxn of European descent. I use [ she | her ] pronouns but also feel comfortable using [ they | them ] pronouns.”
She also included a “self-care letter” quoting Audre Lorde: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
According to Weiss’s article, the ideology is also eroding students’ relationships with their parents. “The school has taken over as the moral guide, with me being the irritating person in the background who doesn’t really get it,” one Harvard-Westlake mother said.
“The idea of lying in order to please a teacher seems like a phenomenon from the Soviet Union,” says Weiss.
“Students told [me] that their history class had a unit on Beyoncé, and they felt compelled to say that they loved her music, even if they did not…,” Weiss notes. “They aren’t even entitled to their own musical preferences.”