In the quest to make students of color feel “less isolated,” a celebrity-friendly private school in New York segregated students by race to make them more comfortable.
The goal at the Little Red School House in West Village was to give students of color safety in numbers,” according to Fox News. “Never mind that the liberal mind-think amounts to a return to the racially divisive segregation policies of yesteryear.
Tuition at the private school is reportedly $45,485-per-year, and among its pupils are the children of David Schwimmer, Christy Turlington Burns and Sofia Coppola.
Parents recently learned that the school’s director, Philip Kassen, was planning to put minority middle-school students in the same homerooms in the fall and that this was a continuation of a “race-based placement policy had already been in effect for the 2017-18 school year for 7th and 8th graders, and would likely be expanded to the 6th grade in September,” the New York Post reported.
An anonymous parent told The Post: “My daughter who is 11 was like, ‘Wow, this is crazy. They are talking about separating by color.’”
“And I was thinking how antiquated is this?” the father added. “This is backwards. It’s almost like segregation now.”
Perhaps, that’s because it IS segregation.
“Enraged parents” pushed back upon learning of the policy, according to The Post.
“They had a couple meetings with parents and there was a lot of buzz and outrage and yelling,” said another parent at the school. “Everyone was saying, ‘We don’t think it’s necessary. These kids have been friends since kindergarten and nursery school. They don’t see color so why are you doing this?’”
Kassen — who made $403,039 in total compensation in 2016 — eventually said that he would do away with the policy but will continue to keep “race as a critical, but not primary, determinant.”
In an email to parents, he explained the policy came from conversations with recent graduates who believe the school could “create greater opportunities for connection and support.”
Kassen also referred to the school’s handbook: “Research points to the academic, social, and emotional benefits to being in a classroom with others who share racial, ethnic, linguistic, and/or cultural backgrounds.”
This is progressivism at it finest, proving safe spaces for all.
“The intention is to make students of color feel that they are a critical mass and have a voice,” a New York City-based educational consultant explained to The Post. “And if that results in clumping kids and creating some all-white classrooms, it’s a trade-off worth making.”
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