A father who pulled his daughter out of her $43,000-per-year New York City school said other parents are unaware of how bad the ‘woke’ teaching in the city’s schools has become, and should follow his lead and withdraw their children.
Harvey Goldman took his nine-year-old out of Heschel School, a Jewish day school on the Upper West Side, because he felt its curriculum ‘teaches children to feel bad about the color of their skin’.
‘They are teaching these kids terrible things,’ he said on Tuesday. ‘Teaching them to feel bad about themselves and it is really awful.’
Goldman and his family moved to Florida after learning that the fourth-grader was being tutored on her ‘white privilege’.
On Tuesday night, he told Tucker Carlson that other parents had got in touch with him to seek advice, and he recommended they follow suit.
Harvey Goldman on Tuesday night discussed taking his daughter out of Heschel School
‘I’ve gotten quite a few calls from parents of the school and they are pulling their kids out,’ said Goldman.
‘They are not happy about what is being taught to their children.
‘I’m not sure what else they could do but teach the school lesson by pulling their kids out. And getting their money out.’
Goldman is just one of many parents and teachers who have complained about the ‘woke’ curriculum in New York City’s schools, private and fee-paying.
He said that his family was much happier in Florida, where critical race theory (CRT) was not taught.
CRT is a theoretical framework which views society as dominated by white supremacy, examines systemic racism, and categorizes people as ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.
He pulled his daughter out of the $43k a year Heschel School and said its ‘woke’ curriculum ‘teaches children to feel bad about the color of their skin’
Asked why other parents did not follow his example, he said many were unaware of the extent of the problem.
‘I think a lot of them are unaware about how bad this really is and what they are teaching the kids in these schools,’ he said.
‘And also, if you are in New York, it’s really difficult to find another place to go because so many schools are teaching this critical race theory.
‘And they are together in this. Someplace like Florida, never heard of it.’
Carlson asked whether he was finding the situation better in Florida.
‘Much better,’ Goldman replied.
‘The schools never heard of critical race theory. They don’t teach critical race theory.
‘They don’t know about it. These children go to a park and they want to play.
‘They don’t care what color the other kids are. They care that they are having fun.’
Goldman has said he first questioned the curriculum change after reading about it in a newsletter.
He approached the head of the school in a supermarket, and was rebuffed.
He then wrote to the school in September calling it ‘child abuse, not education’.
The school said in a statement: ‘We are a Jewish day school and very proud of our secular and religious curriculum, which Mr. Goldman is fundamentally misrepresenting.
‘His family informed us last summer that they would likely relocate to Florida for financial reasons.
‘We were surprised to read about his new explanation for the move and question his motives for making such statements at this time.’
Goldman acknowledged the family had planned the move to Florida, but said he wrote to them last September.
In that letter he wrote: ‘First and foremost, neither I, nor my child, have ‘white privilege,’ nor do we need to apologize for it. Suggesting I do is insulting. Suggesting to my nine-year-old child she does is child abuse, not education.’
The head of Heschel School is Ariela Dubler
Goldman told The New York Post that administrators were ‘arrogant and dismissive’ in response, suggesting he pull his daughter out of the school if he was unsatisfied.
He did, and moved the family to Florida, where his daughter now attends a free public school, which he vetted to ensure CRT was not part of the curriculum. The head of Heschel School is Ariela Dubler.
There is a growing backlash against ‘woke’ ideology on race in New York’s elite private schools with a number of parents speaking out on the issue.
Riverdale Country School parent Bion Bartning said he was so upset with the ideologies being taught there that he pulled his children out of the $54,000-a-year school.
Bartning then went a step further, founding the Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR) to fight back against what he calls a dangerous new ‘orthodoxy’.
Bartning, who is Mexican and Yaqui on one side and Jewish on the other, said he was shocked to learn that schoolchildren are being forced to label themselves as privileged or oppressed by skin color.
‘I don’t fit into any of those race buckets,’ Bartning told the Post. ‘I think it is wrong to be teaching kids these socially constructed race categories.’
‘It’s a destructive ideology, teaching children to be pessimistic and full of grievance rather than being optimistic and full of gratitude. It goes against all the values I was raised with, and there are many out there who feel as I do,’ he said.
Riverdale Country School parent Bion Bartning, pictured, said he was so upset with the ideologies being taught there that he pulled his children out of the $54,000-a-year school
Math teacher Paul Rossi, left, was ‘relieved of his teaching duties’ at the $57,000-a-year Grace Church School in Manhattan after he penned an essay accusing the school of indoctrinating students last week. Andrew Gutmann, right, announced in an April 13 letter that he has chosen not to reenroll his daughter in her all-girls school where annual tuition is $54,000
Bartning said he had even encountered instances of children being given color palettes to match with their skin tone to assess their level of privilege.
Some public school parents also joined the growing movement opposed to CRT.
Maud Maron, a City Council candidate with four children in local public schools, slammed so-called anti-racist philosophy, as CRT is often branded.
‘It’s a really divisive, ugly orthodoxy and it’s a multi-million dollar industry as well,’ Maron told The Post. ‘It’s also very insidious because on the face of it, who wouldn’t want to sign up to be less racist?’
Maron’s campaign co-chair, Yiatin Chu, says she has been vilified for speaking out against CRT.
‘I’ve been called a ‘Karen’ and they’ve tried to pressure me into not speaking up,’ Chu told The Post.
‘It can be very stressful, physically, emotionally and mentally. It feels like a mob is descending on you and calling you a racist for fighting for the kind of education you want for all children. it’s really nasty. I’ve seen it ruin lives.’
Melissa Chen, an advisory board member at FAIR, told Fox News that children are ‘being taught a very cynical, intolerant, kind of new racist orthodoxy’ in schools that ‘forces everyone to see each other by their immutable characteristics’ such as by the color of their skin.
She called for education institutions to go back to Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of ‘judging people on the content of their character and not by the color of their skin’.
The backlash at the private and public high schools comes in the wake of a growing number of controversies at elite NYC prep schools, where some parents and teachers have complained about the antiracism ideology being taught to children.
Maron’s campaign co-chair, Yiatin Chu, pictured, says she has been vilified for speaking out against CRT: ‘I’ve been called a ‘Karen’ and they’ve tried to pressure me into not speaking up’
Maud Maron, a City Council candidate with four children in local public schools, slammed so-called anti-racist philosophy, as CRT is often branded
In one incident, math teacher Paul Rossi was ‘relieved of his teaching duties’ at the $57,000-a-year Grace Church School in Manhattan after he penned an essay accusing the school of indoctrinating students last week.
Rossi then released a recorded phone call in which the head of the school George Davison admitted to him that ‘we’re demonizing white people for being born.’
In a letter obtained by DailyMail.com, Davison claims his remarks were was taken out of context and doesn’t actually believe the school is demonizing white students.
He suggested Rossi had an axe to grind when he recorded their conversation and then released the audio on Twitter.
Conservative commentator Candace Owens has said parents need to start suing woke schools who want to cancel conservative thinking.
She told Fox News: ‘Parents have to start speaking out, not just speaking out, but suing. You have to start suing the schools because they’re ruining the lives of young children.’
Woke, Inc author Vivek Ramaswamy also blasted what he calls a culture of ‘indoctrination’.
He said American schools are ‘going down the tubes’ because they have been ‘infected’ with ‘woke culture’ that has ‘sacrificed the idea of excellence’ by ‘indoctrinating’ students.
That came after Andrew Gutmann, 45, announced in an April 13 letter shared by journalist Bari Weiss that he has chosen not to reenroll his daughter in her all-girls school where annual tuition is $54,000.
He pulled his daughter from Brearley School over its woke antiracism ‘obsession.’ He accused the school of ‘teaching what to think not how to think.’
The school responded by slamming him for being ‘offensive.’
The head of the elite Manhattan school Dalton also announced he would be stepping down this year after being slammed by parents for pushing an ‘obsessive’, antiracism agenda on students.
Jim Best said he would see out the year at the $50,000-a-year institution then step down to pursue ‘other opportunities’.
His resignation is in response to parents’ complaints that Dalton, like other prestigious private schools Grace Church and Brearley, is indoctrinating students with its woke agenda.
Dalton parents also penned an anonymous open letter to the school.
‘Every class this year has had an obsessive focus on race and identity, ‘racist cop’ reenactments in science, ‘de-centering whiteness’ in art class, learning about white supremacy and sexuality in health class.
‘Wildly inappropriate, many of these classes feel more akin to a Zoom corporate sensitivity-training than to Dalton’s intellectually engaging curriculum,’ it read.
The Spence School, a $54,000-a-year Manhattan all-girls private school, sent an email to families supporting Derek Chauvin’s conviction in the murder of George Floyd.
An alum who asked not to be named received the letter and was appalled, telling DailyMail.com she was shocked at ‘how they forced students to get involved’ in the trial.
In 2020 billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson threatened to stop donating to the Spence School because of ‘anti-white indoctrination’ in the curriculum being taught to his two daughters.