A video taken at a meeting between white New York City parents and the Department of Education has revealed the embedded racism and discriminatory thoughts that exist in upper class liberals.
The meeting took place on Tuesday at P.S. 199 for a discussion on a proposal to change middle school enrollment to include more Black and Latinx students.
According to NY1, the proposal would require 17 local middle schools to reserve a quarter of enrollment slots for students scoring below grade level on state English and math exams. This would mean that disadvantaged students for poor performing schools would be given the opportunity to be given a leg up and learn in a better educational environment.
Although you would assume progressive families would welcome the idea to desegregate city public schools, parents whose students attend one of the whitest schools on the Upper West Side angrily shot down the proposal.
"You're talking about telling an 11-year-old, 'You worked your butt off and you didn't get that, what you needed and wanted.' You're telling them 'You're going to go to a school that is not going to educate you in the same way that you've been educated. Life sucks!' Is that what the DOE [Department of Education] wants to say?" one parent said at the meeting.
Although the parents in the video vehemently opposed the plan, nearly all of the principals in district, and parents who attended previous meetings in the district voiced their support.
"District 3 currently has very segregated middle schools. The principals have expressed concern that under the blind ranking this may become more worse," said Kristen Berger of the Upper West Side Elected Parent Council. "So they are looking, and parents are looking, at mechanisms we can put into place to actually decrease the segregation and increase diversity across all of our schools."
Hearing the disparaging comments from the parents angered one middle school principal who told the adults to check their privilege.
"There are kids that are tremendously disadvantaged, that I would love to be able to offer — somebody mentioned $5,000-worth of tutoring for to raise their test scores. And to compare these students and say, 'My already-advantage kid needs more advantage! They need to be kept away from those kids!' is tremendously offensive to me," Henry Zymeck, the principal of The Computer School, said to the parents at the meeting.
The superintendent will now decide whether to adopt the policy.