Administrators claim they have a novel new approach to fighting discrimination, but even liberal parents aren’t buying into the racist agenda that’s being taught to their K-8 elementary school students at an elite Manhattan school.
The 430 students at the Bank Street School for Children in Manhattan, New York are being separated by race, where the white kids are made to feel guilty for their “whiteness”, and all the “kids of color” are herded into other rooms where they’re taught to feel proud about their race and rewarded with treats and privileges.
One parent complained that ever since the Ferguson riots, the school has been “increasing anti-white propaganda in its curriculum.” The New York Post obtained school presentation slides to find out exactly what the curriculum included.
The white kids are taught to be more aware of the “prevalence of white privilege”, to challenge “ideas of colorblindness and assumptions of normal, good and American, and to understand that their European ancestry has led to privilege.”
However, the school has created a “dedicated space” for kids of color, where they’re embraced by minority instructors and encouraged to share their feelings and experiences about being a kid of color.
New York Post: Under Bank Street’s “Racial Justice and Advocacy” curriculum, parents say, teachers push white kids to grapple with America’s history of racism. Then they indoctrinate them into thinking “systemic racism” still exists, and that they’re part of the problem and must hold themselves accountable even for acts of racism committed by others.
The program, these parents say, deliberately instills in white children a strong sense of guilt about their race. Some kids come home in tears, saying, “I’m a bad person.”
They say white kids are being brainwashed into thinking any success they achieve is unearned. Indeed, a young white girl is seen confessing on a Bank Street video: “I feel guilty for having a privilege I don’t deserve.”
A news release on the school’s website confirmsthat Bank Street School hosted the 2015 Progressive Education Network Conference, and shared their approach with other charter school educators. Some of the questions they answered about their curriculum model were: “When did you start training educators on how to teach racism? How do you explain gender identity? What types of teacher teams exist at each level?”
The Bank Street School program is run by the “director of diversity”, Anshu Wahi. NY Post reported that a paper she encouraged parents to read says teaching kids to be “color-blind” is a cop-out – an excuse to ignore the hardships of people of color, and a “tool of whiteness” that perpetuates the oppression of people of color.
Wahi believes even white babies display signs of racism, so she encourages parents to talk to their kids about race as early as kindergarten, making them hyperaware of racial differences, and even “examine your own whiteness.”
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