The Problem with Identity Politics- Racial segregation at posh private school

So a $45,000 a year private school has a policy of segregating “students of color” in their homeroom classes. So where is this school you say? Somewhere in the RACIST south, like Mississippi or Alabama? Nope, it’s in New York City. It’s the Little Red School House in the West Village (the school is aptly named by the way) a super posh school where numerous celebrities send their children to learn in a racially divided environment. In their defense, the parents are up in arms regarding the policy as it has only now come to their attention.

The students spend about 30% of their day in the homeroom classes and below is the rational of their policy of racially diving the kids from the school.

An NYC-based educational consultant with a focus on minority students said Little Red School House’s proposal is “the lesser of two evils,” explaining that often when there is a single black or Latin student in a class — especially history and literature classes where discussions can turn political or personal — they can feel isolated and uncomfortable.

“The intention is to make students of color feel that they are a critical mass and have a voice,” the consultant said, adding that a handful of other schools, including Bank Street on the Upper West Side — which has students break into self-identified “affinity groups” four times a year for 45 minute classes — have experimented with similar policies, though to a much lesser degree.

“And if that results in clumping kids and creating some all-white classrooms, it’s a trade-off worth making,” she said.

WOW, Great idea principal. So a student of color has no voice unless in a group.  God forbid the kids learn about uncomfortable truths of history without the support of other kids that might have ZERO historical or cultural relation at all. They are teaching these kids racial grievance . These privileged kids who’s parents can afford to pay $45 K a year in NYC are “victims”. Give me a break.

This is the problem with the left and their love of identity politics, instead of focusing on the individual child and their needs regarding their education, they come up with this ridiculous race based policy. You know for $45K a year I would rather they focus on my child’s learning ability and grouping them with kids who can grasp things at the same pace so they can get the most of the teaching time. But that is just me.

https://nypost.com/2018/06/30/posh-schools-plan-to-segregate-students-by-race-draws-parents-ire/

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10 thoughts on “The Problem with Identity Politics- Racial segregation at posh private school”

  1. Mate De:
    I’m also going to post this at the site that shall not be named.

    I thought we were “the site that shall not be named”. But I did see Rob Long on Greg Gutfeld  a while back and he seemed to have the same policy as you do. 🙂

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  2. I think this is part of the new segregation. It is better for identity politics to collect in separate groups. Integration is not the dream anymore.

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  3. Heaven forbid that students should ever feel uncomfortable. The Little Red Schoolhouse is preparing students well for college, where snowflakes have safe spaces and trigger warnings.

    I celebrate the Left’s entire catalog.

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  4. drlorentz:
    Heaven forbid that students should ever feel uncomfortable. The Little Red Schoolhouse is preparing students well for college, where snowflakes have safe spaces and trigger warnings.

    I celebrate the Left’s entire catalog.

    I am not liking the vibes I am getting from this comment. I think everyone has a right to think as I do. The others should have no rights. How else is society to get better? /sarcasm

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  5. 10 Cents:
    I am not liking the vibes I am getting from this comment. I think everyone has a right to think as I do. The others should have no rights. How else is society to get better? /sarcasm

    This has a strangely familiar ring to it. You haven’t been lurking on another site, have you?

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  6. drlorentz:

    10 Cents:
    I am not liking the vibes I am getting from this comment. I think everyone has a right to think as I do. The others should have no rights. How else is society to get better? /sarcasm

    This has a strangely familiar ring to it. You haven’t been lurking on another site, have you?

    Are you talking about some place where free is a four letter word? (In both senses of that word.)

    “To promote better conversation we must get rid of snark and criticism on the wrong sides of arguments because it just causes work.” 😉

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  7. This policy hardly surprises me at all.

    I have lived in California since 1981. It was at that time a very diverse place. My son’s first grade classroom had 22 students and six of them spoke a language other than English while at home. (This grammar school was in Palo Alto.)

    By the time he was attending HS, in San Rafael, some 34 languages other than English were spoken at home. I was so pleased with all of this.

    In HS, his closest friends were a trio of kids from New York City, who were Jewish. A group of brothers from the Philippines. A boy who was the son of an older  German man who had been in this country only 20 years. (All these boys longed for a female to be in their group, but since they wanted her to be a member of the group “The Bangles” their wishes were not fulfilled.)

    By the time he was in college back in Illinois, 1993 to 1998, he had many classmates who were African American. When I spent time around his college mates, I saw that race and ethnicity existed – but only in the way that my generation had noticed the existence of  hair or eye color. No one should deny another their ethnicity or their skin color, any more than I should pretend my neighbor’s daughter  doesn’t have gorgeous blue eyes.

    So I was very happy. I felt like the society had moved into a post-racial era.

    Now thanks to the ridiculous and divisive ID politics of the Left, we are further back than before. And how do we get back to the post racial society that we had access to, for that one brief shining moment?

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  8. Carol Sterritt:
    I felt like the society had moved into a post-racial era. Now thanks to the ridiculous and divisive ID politics of the Left, we are further back than before. And how do we get back to the post racial society that we had access to, for that one brief shining moment?

    Counter-intuitively, Trump may help the cause. It’s worth a shot, anyway. His predecessor had the opposite effect in spite of the fact that he could have helped. The alternative is a descent into racial and ethnic voting blocs. This never ends well (cf., the former Yugoslavia and present-day Spain).

    Edit: Removed one word because voting hasn’t got that much to do with it.

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  9. Carol Sterritt:
    Now thanks to the ridiculous and divisive ID politics of the Left, we are further back than before. And how do we get back to the post racial society that we had access to, for that one brief shining moment?

    This is the key, isn’t it ?

    The white kids that are my sons’ peers did not learn racism at home.   They learned racism in school, because it was painfully clear to the kids that double standards were in force.

    At school in a purple suburb, there were two kinds of students of color:  those who lived near the school, whose parents had fled the inner city, and those who were bused in from the inner city.  The former group were striving and succeeding, and determined not to take advantage of the double standards.   The latter group [deleted on account of it was racist].

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