Nationwide fight between tradition and woke ideology brewing at historic all boys school

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You probably haven’t heard of The Kiski School near Pittsburgh, Pa., but you soon will.

A nationwide fight between tradition and woke ideology is brewing as this idyllic, all-boys boarding school is being driven by a liberal penchant for destruction and plans on going co-ed, admitting female students.

Until recently, The Kiski School stood as a steadfast champion of single-sex education for boys. Founded in 1888, this distinguished institution has not only preserved its rich history but also reinvigorated its mission. We’ve heard the story before: New liberal board members join, they want diversity, equity and inclusion, and this rich history is quickly erased in the name of progress.    

Those in this group define progress by claiming that men can have babies, can decimate women in their own sports and can expose themselves in locker rooms.  Liberals are blurring the lines between genders and eradicating their important differences. After all, one of our own Supreme Court Justices “is not a biologist” and therefore cannot even define what a woman is.

These definitions are important and, until recently, it was rarely disputed medically, scientifically, legally or scholastically that men and women were different and distinct. Medically, some pharmaceutical products react differently in women. Men have larger wingspans, lung capacity and muscle capability. Scientifically and biologically, chromosomes XX or XY define gender in humans and animals. Legally, statutes defined a mother and a father, and a woman for the purpose of maternal care. Scholastically, men and women learn differently.   

Research and real-world examples strongly support the benefits of single-sex education for both boys and girls. Studies have shown that in single-sex settings, boys often experience fewer distractions and are more likely to engage actively in their learning. They can explore their interests and express themselves without the fear of stereotypes, fostering a more inclusive and empowering environment.

The point of education is this kind of empowerment.

According to Craig M. Spitzer, CEO and founder of A2C IT Consulting and a 1983 graduate of Kiski, “I was a precocious teenage boy, to say the least. My time at Kiski truly made me who I am today. My coaches, educators and staff were specifically trained to not only address the issues facing young boys, such as myself, but to cultivate productive, successful and empowered young men, which Kiski truly facilitated in my life.”   

Stories like this may all be obliterated on September 20th, when the board meets to, as one graduate calls it “rubber stamp the decision to go co-ed.”

Another alumnus and former Marine, Matt Marcenelle, class of 1984, accidentally entered this fight. He first found out that Kiski was making changes to the wrestling program, which led him to discover that the school was going to admit women.

The Friends of Kiski Prep Wrestling Foundation never had any intention of having to serve in the capacity of saving the Kiski School Founders’ ‘Original Documents.’ All we wanted to do was elevate the Wrestling program.  Now we have been foisted into a position of asking the Kiski Board of Directors to adhere to those documents, continue to give boys a safe space to grow without unnecessary distractions . . .that’s all.”  

“That’s all,” says Mr. Marcenelle, and he’s right. Is this too much to ask? All we want is to honor traditions in this country. Preserve our history. Protect our children. Create a brighter future. 

Kiski is failing to achieve many of these objectives and will be complicit in erasing boys and destroying history if it caves to the leftist mob. Kiski has a legacy. If this decision passes, that 135-year legacy will be forever and drastically changed.  Choose wisely, Kiski. 


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