More "than ironic that a school that costs more than $40,000 a year—a school with Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s right hand, & Sarah Murdoch, wife of Lachlan & Rupert’s daughter-in-law, on its board—is teaching students that capitalism is evil."
"For most parents, the demonization of capitalism is the least of it."

Whoa, Bari. Careful with the oversized brushes and dripping primary colours.

"doesn’t have a problem with the school making greater efforts to redress past wrongs, incl by bringing more minority voices into the curriculum. ... has a problem with a movement that tells his children that America is a bad country and that they bear collective racial guilt."
"'They are making my son feel like a racist because of the pigmentation of his skin,' one mother says."

As a reporter, I would have a few questions about the details of what happened.

Bari, unfortunately, does not have many questions.
"'The school can ask you to leave for any reason,' said one mother at Brentwood, another Los Angeles prep school. 'Then you’ll be blacklisted from all the private schools and you’ll be known as a racist, which is worse than being called a murderer.'”

Any questions, Bari? No. OK.
"One private school parent, born in a Communist nation, tells me: 'I came to this country escaping the very same fear of retaliation that now my own child feels.'"

Yes, these parents sure have a lot of feelings about what they perceive is happening at the school.
What about reporting on what is actually happening at the school? Have a look at the curriculum, maybe? School communication to parents? No? Not going there? All right, Bari.
"Another joked: 'We need to feed our families. Oh, and pay $50,000 a year to have our children get indoctrinated.' A teacher in New York City put it most concisely: 'To speak against this is to put all of your moral capital at risk.'”

Very juicy with the feelings.
What exactly is happening at the school that evoked these feelings? Ask the parents about it. They're sitting in the backyard with you. Still no interest, huh?
“'My son knew I was talking to you and he begged me not to,' another Harvard-Westlake mother told me. 'He wants to go to a great university, and he told me that one bad statement from me will ruin us. This is the USA. Are you freaking kidding me?'”

Uh-huh. Yes. Yes. Keep going.
"These are America’s elites—the families who can afford to pay some $50,000/year for their children to be groomed for the eating clubs of Princeton and the secret societies of Yale, the glide path to becoming masters—sorry, masterx—of the universe . . ."
". . . The ideas and values instilled in them influence the rest of us."

Where, oh where, could this line of reasoning possibly be going?
Here we go: To maintain their elevated status, the people must support these highly costly private schools and private colleges in their production of the select but meritorious, colourblind elite.

Oh, man. The reasoning here: 😂. Image
Hamlet and the Absence of Decisive Merit: On the Path to Critical Race Theory?
While Bari does not investigate what the school teaches, she has an idea for how the students can take over the school!

"Their children are taught radical-chic politics, which, of course, do not involve anything actually substantively radical, like redistributing the endowment."
Too bad she just characterized the same students as being very afraid to say what they think. This isn't how the endowment is going to get redistributed, is it?
"Power in America now comes from speaking woke, a highly complex and ever-evolving language."

Sorry, Bari, were you not, just previously, trying to say that it's the structure of capital accumulation that asserts power? This is all a little confused.
As if the goal is not investigation or analysis, but the support of an "anti-woke," or "anti-anti-racist," perspective by all arguments possible.
Aaaah, following this very long beginning, Weiss gets into actual school material. Finally. Setting up the reader's preferred feelings and reactions before showing them any evidence took a very long time.

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12 Mar
All right, I'm reading the piece.

And #StevenPinker's sense of history of exclusion of speech from North American campuses is really odd. 1/
"Pinker traces the origins all the way back to 1975 and the publication of E.O. Wilson’s 'Sociobiology,' when Wilson and other biologists 'would get shouted down' for expressing the view that genetic & other evolutionary considerations determine, in part, social organization."
What a curious thing to say.

Why not go back to the 19th century when the idea that women should be allowed to study at college or uni was shouted down? When white campus populations shouted down Black students on their campuses?
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Here's a segment from the WPATH guidelines for hormone replacement therapy, one way to treat gender dysphoria.

"If significant medical and mental concerns are present, they must be reasonably well controlled."

The budding psychiatrist who wrote for #Quillette should know. Image
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Yes! This!

Student-to-student relations in our courses are such an important buffer, and remote teaching is very limited in providing that kind of important but under-recognized support. The chatting about what's difficult. What the prof didn't explain well enough. . . .
What you find puzzling or strange about the prof's approach. What is something to worry about in this course and what is not. What is best dealt with by staying calm and waiting until the next class. What you're ahead of in understanding, and where you're behind.
I often experience my teaching as a bit erratic. I'm slightly temperamental, and when I get excited about something during prep or in class, I often miss the signs that I should maybe be explaining something else. So, I think about how students can fill those gaps for each other.
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Dr. Thieme,

I see you've been doing this thread and its various conversations for most of the day, but now that it's my spare time let me chime in and ask you a series of probing questions. What?! You don't want to talk to me?

And to foggily think I used to follow you!

Now that I think some more about it, yes, maybe it was the case not only that followed you, *but also* that I stopped. It should be noted that I stopped.

You are clearly famous, if I think I followed you, and then I think I stopped. Famous enough to write an autobiography.

Flattered? Just wait! You should call your autobiography, *The Arrogance of Academia.* Zing!

Now, after I've established I possibly followed you once but then probably stopped, I will hit hard one last time. Time to mute you! Kaboom!

Yours with the mute button,
Skeptical A

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2 Mar
For the edification of readers who follow Colin Wright's on Twitter: the definition of racism as involving both prejudice and power is old. If Colin had studied in a field where scholarship on racism is part of the curriculum, he'd probably know.

Attached, Paul Gilroy, 1990.
@Swipewright has responded, at some length, to @roderickgraham's tweet. It's useful that he did. He holds on tight to his own calculation of what racism is, how he wants it defined, and what possibilities of admonishing others flow from it for him.
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Because I'm into these little details, I'll note that Colin introduces Brooklyn as "an activist." I would take a bold guess and say Brooklyn didn't introduce themself as such.

Colin's been on a simple-minded campaign to use "activist" as a take-down for folks he disagrees with. Image
For anyone who is not sure what I mean, Wright (along with others like Shrier, Rowling, Hilton) is keen to use the term "activist" as a label to discredit the political work that others are doing, while refusing to apply the same label to his own political work.
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