It was only a matter of time until high schools, especially those in the private sector, began modifying their curriculums to better suit these chaotic times. Heavily influenced by cancel culture, they’ve opted to either add or omit particular occurrences for the sake of beautifying horrid events that in reality actually took place.
Taking a phooey on learning from the past stance, the cast and crew of Los Angeles’s elite Harvard-Westlake School went so far as to construct a 20-page document outlining the hand they unintentionally played in perpetuating racism and racial injustice by teaching history in its truest of form.
But that’s in California so what do you expect? Not so fast. A public school in a wealthy district of Fairfax County, Virginia, handed the sum of $20,000 to some guy named Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, who claims to be a critical-race commentator, whatever that might be, to come in and bore the hell out of their students for an hour.
At yet another school located within the same district, not to be outdone, the faculty sent home an anti-racist reading list for parents to review. By no means stopping there, they organized equity committees for the students to participate in.
Schools throughout our nation, be they public or private, have taken similar steps, or at least tossing ideas around for consideration. Whether students will benefit from these changes in history remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain, the diversity-consulting industry is exploding and they could not be happier.
When an entire business model is built solely to profit from racial disharmony, for these people of questionable education and character, happy days are here again.
At Connecticut boarding school Loomis-Chaffee, a program called ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ training was developed, and is now mandatory, for all students to take. Faculty members, not getting off the hook, are required to read Kendi’s “Stamped from the Beginning” and Dr. Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility.”
Out of fear of perhaps having a racist impact, San Diego’s public schools have totally revamped their grading system, making it a breeze for most students to land on the honor roll. New York City is kicking around the idea of doing likewise.
The highly elite KIPP Schools, the epitome of charter school excellence, have discontinued the use of their longtime slogan, “Work hard. Be nice.” Officials from the schools said that “working hard and being nice is not going to dismantle systemic racism.” Yeah. They really said that.
These schools being so quick to jump on the “You’re a racist and don’t know it” train, are unbeknown to them, enabling bigotry. The reading list for adults includes works by author Toni Morrison, an outspoken anti-Semite, and was put together and distributed by the organizers of the Women’s March, a group of ladies widely known for their anti-Jewish rhetoric.
As a result of these unqualified speakers, reading lists, committees, and other such nonsense, students have started calling out other students on the pages of social media for anything they view as a racial infraction.
An interviewed student told the NY Times why it’s so important to rat kids out. “I’m not trying to target freshmen or middle schoolers, but people who are about to go to college need to be held accountable for what they say. People who go to college end up becoming racist lawyers and doctors. I don’t want people like that to keep getting jobs.”
The student’s new insight, and those of other kids like him, did not come cheaply. In Loudon County, Virginia, tagged as one of the wealthiest counties in the entire nation, local taxpayers, thus far, have footed the bill for over $400,000 worth of diversity training. Of this amount, $314,000 all went to one firm called Equity Collaborative. In addition, the firm received another $90,000 for providing a full-time equity leadership coach.
Have these schools gone way too far in their hopes of achieving the impossible? Are there better ways to go about this without making bogus consulting companies wealthy? Surely there must be. How would you handle this?