Megyn Kelly has told how she removed her three children from their private Manhattan schools after the teaching took a ‘hard left’ turn.
Kelly and her husband, novelist Doug Brunt, are parents to Edward Yates, 11; a nine-year-old daughter, Yardley; and son Thatcher, seven.
In November Kelly revealed she was taking her children out of school and leaving New York City.
Her sons attended the $55,900-a-year Collegiate School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Her daughter is believed to have attended the $57,385-a-year Spence School on the Upper East Side.
On Friday night she explained that decision to Bill Maher on his HBO show, Real Time.
Megyn Kelly, 50, appeared on Bill Maher’s show on Friday night and discussed education
Kelly and her husband Doug Brunt are parents to two boys, 11 and seven, and a girl, aged nine
‘We loved our schools,’ she said, explaining that the boys went to all-boys schools, and her daughter an all-girls school.
‘Loved our teachers, loved the students and faculty and parents.
‘They were definitely leftist – we are more center right – but that was fine; my whole family are Democrats.
‘But then they went hard left, and then they started to take a really hard turn toward social justice stuff.’
She said her sons’ school in particular troubled her.
When he was in third grade, she said, they ‘unleashed a three-week experimental trans-education program.’
Kelly said it was difficult for her son to understand, and not helpful.
Kelly told Maher that she and her husband were reluctatant to remove the children from school
New York City Collegiate School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, which her sons attended
Her son was in a class where the children were eight and nine at the time.
‘It wasn’t about support — we felt that it was more like they were trying to convince them,’ she said. ‘Like, come on over.’
She also said her kindergartner, Thatcher, ‘was told to write a letter to the Cleveland Indians objecting to their mascot.’
Kelly said: ‘He’s six. Can he learn how to spell Cleveland before we activate him?’
She added: ‘If he’s going to be activated, Doug and I should do it.’
Kelly said it was a question of ‘reason and unreason’.
Collegiate School is ranked as one of the best private schools in the country and also claims to be the oldest.
It counts JFK Jr., his nephew Jack Schlossberg, and Game of Thrones co-creator David Benioff among its alumni.
Roman Abramovich and CNBC broadcaster Andrew Ross Sorkin are among those who sent their children there.
Kelly and Brunt trick or treating near their Manhattan home with their sons Edward, 11, and Thatcher Bray, 7; and nine-year-old daughter, Yardley Evans at Halloween in 2019
‘After years of resisting it, we’re going to leave the city,’ Kelly tweeted in November
Maher read from a letter which was circulated among a diversity group at the school that said things like ‘there’s a killer cop sitting at every school where white children learn.’
The letter, written by the executive director of Orleans Public Education Network, Nahliah Webber, also claimed ‘white kids are being indoctrinated in black death’.
Maher continued reading: ‘I’m tired of white people reveling in their state-sanctioned depravity and snuffing out black life with no consequences.’
He added: ‘There [are] racist problems problems in this country, but this is hyperbole. And this is making people crazy. This is not the way we get to the Promised Land.’
Kelly agreed, saying: ‘It’s divisive, it’s racist, and it’s had exactly the opposite effect of the one they intend.’
Kelly cited the rhetoric was ‘divisive and counterproductive’, and it was not just her children’s schools but all the schools in the city.
It was unclear where her three children were now enrolled.
Kelly has since September been hosting her own podcast.
The former Fox News anchor spent a year at NBC with a daytime chat program, Megyn Kelly Today – leaving in October 2018 following a controversy over her remarks about blackface at a Halloween party.
‘When I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character,’ she said at the time, in comments that precluded her departure.