High school student slams ‘political bias and intellectual intolerance’ at elite New York private school

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A student at an elite private school in New York called the institution an “incubator of political bias and intellectual intolerance”, and said many moderate or conservative students choose to censor themselves by fear of repercussions.

Ryan Finlay, a senior at the elite Horace Mann School in the Bronx, said in an op-ed for the school’s newspaper, The Record, last week that the institution appears, on the face of it, to be politically a “community remarkably homogeneous. with a program drawn from the latest progressive theories.

“One could easily conclude that there are very few non-progressive students at HM, but that is an illusion; the community contains silent multitudes,” Finlay wrote.

Despite this, Finlay says the schoolwhich costs more than $50,000 a year, is “hostile” to those who do not adhere to progressive politics.

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“Every classmate I know who is not progressive censors themselves in class when discussing current affairs and politics,” Finlay wrote, noting that many students stifle their opinions so as not to jeopardize their success. school at school.

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Finlay specifically called out a student seminar where a comparison between fairness and equality is depicted in a cartoon of three people of different sizes trying to watch a sports game over a fence. In the equality diagram, all three people are given the same size box to stand on. As a result, the two taller spectators can see over the fence, while the smaller one cannot. In the equity diagram, on the other hand, the three participants are given boxes of different heights, allowing them to see over the fence.

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“This approach immerses students in a false sense of simplicity, leading to such conclusions about meritocracy that often include: the system is broken, unable to be reformed, rotten to the core, and deserves to be torn down,” Finlay wrote.

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He concluded the article, published last week, by calling on the school’s administration to “clarify policies of political expression”, to “actively protect and sanctify diversity of thought” and to “break away from the progressive political agenda that has turned the school into an incubator of prejudice and intellectual intolerance.”

Martha K. Merrill