Father who pulled his child from NYC’s $53K-a-year Brearley School – whose pupils include Chelsea Clinton’s daughter – slams its ‘woke-weaning’ agenda and says it’s ‘teaching kids what to think’

Father who pulled his child from NYC’s $53K-a-year Brearley School – whose pupils include Chelsea Clinton’s daughter – slams its ‘woke-weaning’ agenda and says it’s ‘teaching kids what to think’. By Adam Schrader.

Andrew Gutmann, 45, had announced in an April 13 letter … that he has chosen not to reenroll his daughter in the all-girls school where tuition is $54,000 yearly. …

Gutmann, who runs his family’s chemical business, told the New York Post on Saturday that he penned the 1,700-word letter he mailed to 650 different families because ‘someone had to speak out.’ …

‘Someone had to do it. Someone had to light the match. Everyone’s so afraid of cancel culture. We’re going to destroy the city, we’re going to destroy the country.’ …

Gutmann said he he refused to sign the school’s anti-racism pledge in October.

The concerned dad claimed that the school’s ‘once-rigorous curriculum’ completely changed after administrators ‘managed to sneak’ in an increased emphasis on race during the pandemic ‘when everyone was distracted,’ the New York Post reported.

‘I don’t know who’s really driving this and nobody does,’ he told the outlet.

Gutmann said the thing he resented the most about Brearly is that the school ‘has begun to teach what to think, instead of how to think.’

From his letter to the 650 families of the students:

Dear Fellow Brearley Parents,

Our family recently made the decision not to reenroll our daughter at Brearley for the 2021-22 school year. …

It cannot be stated strongly enough that Brearley’s obsession with race must stop. It should be abundantly clear to any thinking parent that Brearley has completely lost its way. The administration and the Board of Trustees have displayed a cowardly and appalling lack of leadership by appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob, and then allowing the school to be captured by that same mob. …

I object to the view that I should be judged by the color of my skin. I cannot tolerate a school that not only judges my daughter by the color of her skin, but encourages and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs. …

I object to the charge of systemic racism in this country, and at our school. Systemic racism, properly understood, is segregated schools and separate lunch counters. It is the interning of Japanese and the exterminating of Jews. Systemic racism is unequivocally not a small number of isolated incidences over a period of decades. Ask any girl, of any race, if they have ever experienced insults from friends, have ever felt slighted by teachers or have ever suffered the occasional injustice from a school at which they have spent up to 13 years of their life, and you are bound to hear grievances, some petty, some not. We have not had systemic racism against Blacks in this country since the civil rights reforms of the 1960s, a period of more than 50 years. To state otherwise is a flat-out misrepresentation of our country’s history and adds no understanding to any of today’s societal issues. If anything, longstanding and widespread policies such as affirmative action, point in precisely the opposite direction.

I object to a definition of systemic racism, apparently supported by Brearley, that any educational, professional, or societal outcome where Blacks are underrepresented is prima facie evidence of the aforementioned systemic racism, or of white supremacy and oppression. Facile and unsupported beliefs such as these are the polar opposite to the intellectual and scientific truth for which Brearley claims to stand. Furthermore, I call bulls** on Brearley’s oft-stated assertion that the school welcomes and encourages the truly difficult and uncomfortable conversations regarding race and the roots of racial discrepancies.

I object to the idea that Blacks are unable to succeed in this country without aid from government or from whites. Brearley, by adopting critical race theory, is advocating the abhorrent viewpoint that Blacks should forever be regarded as helpless victims, and are incapable of success regardless of their skills, talents, or hard work. What Brearley is teaching our children is precisely the true and correct definition of racism. …

l object to Brearley’s advocacy for groups and movements such as Black Lives Matter, a Marxist, anti family, heterophobic, anti-Asian and anti-Semitic organization that neither speaks for the majority of the Black community in this country, nor in any way, shape or form, represents their best interests. …

I object to the censorship of books that have been taught for generations because they contain dated language potentially offensive to the thin-skinned and hypersensitive (something that has already happened in my daughter’s 4th grade class). I object to the lowering of standards for the admission of students and for the hiring of teachers. I object to the erosion of rigor in classwork and the escalation of grade inflation. …

Lastly, I object, with as strong a sentiment as possible, that Brearley has begun to teach what to think, instead of how to think. I object that the school is now fostering an environment where our daughters, and our daughters’ teachers, are afraid to speak their minds in class for fear of “consequences.” I object that Brearley is trying to usurp the role of parents in teaching morality, and bullying parents to adopt that false morality at home. I object that Brearley is fostering a divisive community where families of different races, which until recently were part of the same community, are now segregated into two. …

Respectfully,

Andrew Gutmann

Thank you Andrew.

Just assert, do not justify or argue or present evidence. Then withdraw your services, and — above all — do not apologize.

The left have been using those unreasonable, dismissive, and patronizing tactics to bully their way for decades. Until we do it back to them, they will keep right on doing it.