Up in the state legislature, the Democrats have just increased their majority in the state Senate. All the buzz is about a new “millionaire’s tax” of several additional percent for those with annual income exceeding $1 million. And in New York City, Mayor de Blasio on December 18 held a news conference where he blurted out these words:
“I’d like to say very bluntly our mission is to redistribute wealth,” the mayor said. “A lot of people bristle at that phrase. That is, in fact, the phrase we need to use.”
The purpose of the “redistribution of wealth” is supposedly to fix the City’s schools. Those schools currently spend about $28,000 per year per student on K-12 education, which is well more than double the national average. As usual, de Blasio takes no responsibility for the failure of New York City schools to achieve even near-average results for almost triple the cost elsewhere in the country, and just demands more and more and yet more money.
They are doing their very best to kill off our city.
And they’re getting plenty of help: Foreign and domestic (Antifa) terror threats continue against police in NYC.
All of which is contributing to this headline: New York Had Largest 2019-20 Population Decline of Any State.
Socialism: If you build it, they will leave.
Do you live in New York City?
If not, congratulations. You may have been spared preposterous virtue-signaling petri dishes like The Dalton School, an “elite”school on Manhattan’s upper east side where for a mere $54,000 per annum young Stephanie or Dylan can spend their days on Zoom because the school, unlike almost every other New York private school, refuses to open because of lazy teachers claiming to be terrified of our latest Chinese import, the CCP Virus.
“Go Forth Unfraid®” is Dalton’s official motto, but that is obviously a misnomer.
The school is terrified of life and exists solely to cater to the wounded “amour propre” of its self-absorbed faculty and the roughly 1300 K-12 students whose parents desperately hope that Dalton will be their child’s magic ticket to the advanced indoctrination and higher fatuousness of the Ivy League.
It is a pathetic ambition, more so every year as the moral bankruptcy of America’s higher educational establishment declares itself in ever more putrid profusion, like gangrenous suppurations of the Emperor Galerius on his death bed.
Even the things you think might be candid in Dalton’s PR turn out to be lies.
Consider, for example, its much ballyhooed “Commitment to Anti-Racism.” (Surgeon General’s Warning: have some Dramamine or an air-sickness bag handy.)
This desideratum is plastered all over Dalton’s web site.
But a closer look shows that it is really just code for the more insidious racism of the woke and malignant charlatans who view every aspect of life through the distorting prism of race.
They believe they declare their election by broadcasting their obsession with race.
In fact, they merely underscore their rejection of Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a world in which people are judged by the “content of their character” not the color of their skin.
Dalton has always been a faintly preposterous leftwing redoubt for the self-absorbed and over-privileged.
But it has lately, under pressure from the very public exhibitions of Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other anti-American racialist thugs, turned the corner from progressive fatuousness to preposterous insanity.
The whole sorry story of Dalton’s terminal decline was laid out by the novelist Scott Johnston in a couple of blog posts last week. (By the way, I recommend Johnston’s novel “Campusland”: it’s both funny and true.)
Johnston reports on an eight-page faculty memo, signed by all or nearly all of the faculty and added to by some black students, listing a series of demands that are, as Johnston notes “breathtaking in their wokeness.”
The demands begin with the assertion—de rigueur in any academic communication today, much like PBUH after any mention of Mohammed by devout Muslims—that Dalton is guilty of “systemic racism.”
Then come the demands. Here is a précis compiled by Johnston:
“Here is just a sample of the demands:
- The hiring of twelve (!) full time diversity officers
- An additional full time employee whose “entire role is to support Black students who come forward with complaints.”
- Hiring of multiple psychologists with “specialization on the psychological issues affecting ethnic minority populations.”
- Pay off student debt of incoming black faculty. (!!)
- Re-route 50 percent of all donations to NYC public schools. (Hello?)
- Elimination of AP courses if black students don’t score as high as white.
- Required courses on “Black liberation.”
- Reduced tuition for black students whose photographs appear in school promotional materials.
- Public “anti-racism” statements required from all employees.
- Mandatory “Community and Diversity Days” to be held “throughout the year.”
- Required anti-bias training to be conducted every year for all staff and parent volunteers.
- Mandatory minority representation in (otherwise elective) student leadership roles.
- Mandatory diversity plot lines in school plays.
- Overhaul of entire curriculum to reflect diversity narratives.”
Some of these proposals are illegal, since the require treating students differently solely on the basis of race; nearly all are explicitly racist, for the same reason; and some would be financially ruinous if implemented.
Just for fun, I’d like to be in on the meeting when a Dalton development officer explains to his well-heeled mark, er, I mean his well-heeled prospect that the $5 million he is asking for will be split with New York City Public Schools.
That would be a fun meeting, unless, of course, you weren’t counting on getting the money.
The sad irony is (though not so sad as to escape the delectation of Schadenfreude) that the pursuit of such “progressive” insanity will doom Dalton.
The Revolution always turns on its own. As Johnston puts it, “When progressive institutions embrace revolutionary ideologies, as Dalton has done, they fail to appreciate that the revolution comes for them first. The scaffolding is being built on East 89th Street.”
Wannabe “Intellectuals” always picture themselves at the vanguard of the revolution, not heading towards the inevitable gallows and gulags that follow.
h/t Ed Driscoll