Private Schools Need To Go Away Says Oppressed Person

Private Schools Need To Go Away Says Oppressed Person

Private Schools Need To Go Away Says Oppressed Person

Teen Vogue is at it again. The online zine which regularly fills teenagers’ heads with woke spin now wants private schools abolished. Because white privilege and power or something. Add, too, a dollop of feeeelings. 

A college student named Ananya Kumar-Banerjee recently wrote in Teen Vogue that “We Don’t Need Private Schools,” based upon what — facts? data? Nope, just her experience and her emotions, most of them bruised because she was a “brown, queer teenager,” as she calls herself. Supposedly private schools exist to perpetuate the power of White People at the expense of Not White People. This must stop.

“. . .private schools were a place where white people collected their social and economic capital. Private schools ensure that social (and economic) capital in this country remains in the hands of a small elite.”

On top of all that, “you have to look and act a certain way to really fit in.” Really? In high school? Well, there’s a shocker!

Kumar-Banerjee’s problems with private schools began after attending public school in Queens, New York. Her mother had gone to public school there, and wanted her daughter to carry on the tradition. However, Kumar-Banerjee recalls her experience as somewhat less than her mother’s.

“I remember playing with cockroaches in the cafeteria and eating semifrozen peanut butter and jelly Uncrustables for lunch. I remember the smell of rot, the broken toilets, the broken windows.”

After Kumar-Banerjee fell, hit her head, and lost consciousness while playing tag, her parents pulled her from the Queens public school and transferred her to a private school. That’s when she entered years of living hell, to hear her tell it. Because she was a brown Indian girl, after all, and white people there taught her to “prioritize white culture above all else.”

So let’s get this straight.

Ananya Kumar-Banerjee’s parents scraped to send her to private schools; she admits that herself, saying that they “struggled to pay for” her education. But does she appreciate it? Apparently not. Kumar-Banerjee complains that she was miserable as a “brown, queer teenager in an aggressively white, cisheternormative world.” What’s more, she now claims that she was “actually depressed.”

Way to honor your parents’ sacrifice, there, Sparky.

But while Kumar-Banerjee complains about the horrors of private schools, she currently attends. . . wait for it. . . Yale University! Yes, the poor dear brown girl who despised the schools her parents sent her to — out of parental love and concern — chose to attend one of the most elite private universities in the United States. I guess a state college wasn’t good enough for Ananya.

And guess what her major is? Kudos to you if you guessed it: she’s pulling a double major in “Ethnicity, Race & Migration” as well as history. She is also a “Human Right Scholar.” She also has a love for bagels, pizza, and carrot cake — all of which sound pretty white to me. Yet even though she’s queer, she’ll allow you to use the pronouns “she” and “her” around her. Isn’t that nice?

Pardon me if I’m not shedding any tears over Ananya’s distress. First of all, recent data from the Pew Research Center shows that Indian Americans outstrip most Americans in terms of education and income. She doesn’t have much of a victim card, even though she likes to play it. Sorry, but the fact that a childhood friend once said she smelled like curry is not oppression.

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Kumar-Banerjee thinks that private schools are places that Biff and Muffy attend in order to learn how to oppress people of color. She’s wrong there, too.

Most private schools are religiously-affiliated: 78%, in fact. Most are Christian, with Catholic schools being the biggest percentage. Christian schools also welcome kids from all nationalities because, well, the faith teaches that Christ loves all children.

While Kumar-Banerjee also wants you to think that it’s the wealthy who send their offspring to private schools, that’s not true. The vast majority of families with incomes over $75K send their kids to public schools — wealthy school districts generally have high-performing public schools.

And yes, overall private schools outperform public schools, according to a government study.

Rather than proving that private schools are repositories for racists and white privilege, Ananya Kumar-Banerjee’s article shows her to be a bitter, wannabe victim who really knows very little about private schools. She’s also a very ungrateful daughter, and a hypocrite.

Both of our children went to private schools — Lutheran grade school and Catholic high school. We scraped and sacrificed our retirement for their education. But the greatest thanks I have received came when our eldest daughter and her husband sent our grandson to a Catholic school, where he’s now in third grade. We indeed made the right decision.

 

Featured image: Wellington College/flickr/cropped/CC BY-NC 2.0. 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

2 Comments
  • Cameron says:

    So what is stopping her as a brown person from founding a private school that only allows non-whites?

    Oh right; she’s not smart enough to do that which is why she’s not studying a real major.

  • GWB says:

    Supposedly private schools exist to perpetuate the power of White People at the expense of Not White People.
    Well, yes. Duh. A great number of private schools (actually, what we would call “elite” schools, or “prep” schools – not all “private” schools) do exist primarily for that. So what?

    This must stop.
    Ultimately, you’re calling for communism. You want all the crabs dragged back down into the pot.
    (BTW, what’s really sad about this is that used to be considered something that would improve your character – overcoming adversity and all that – instead of something to whine about so someone else could save you.)

    I remember playing with…
    Yet, your answer is not to build up the crappy schools that all the non-rich kids go to, but to tear down the one the rich kids go to. Yep, that’s communism in a nutshell.

    as a “brown, queer teenager in an aggressively white, cisheternormative world.”
    I’m guessing her real problem here is that she wants to be celebrated for being her authentic self, instead of judged by moral standards that predate western civ, but helped make it the best civ on the planet. She wants to be transgressive and wants to be celebrated for it – which is insanity, if you think about it.

    chose to attend one of the most elite private universities in the United States.
    Ah, but that’s different because they’re woke and they rest entirely upon their laurels, not on any current accomplishments of their recent alumni (excepting, of course, that they are admitted to the ranks of the technocratic nobility).

    she’s pulling a double major in “Ethnicity, Race & Migration” as well as history
    Yep, another uselessly credentialed technocrat. And I doubt she’s learning any real history, at that.

    She also has a love for bagels, pizza, and carrot cake — all of which sound pretty white to me.
    Also sounds significantly like cultural appropriation!

    Most private schools are religiously-affiliated: 78%, in fact.
    Well, yes, but most also aren’t “elite” or “prep” schools. The sort to which social-climbers send their children most certainly are, though. And, if you believe in the “politics of envy” then you most certainly think they all ought to come down because some of them are breeding grounds for nose-in-the-air a**holery.

    Teen Vogue is a blight on the minds and hearts of our children. Those who write for it will eventually wish they had a millstone tied around their neck and been thrown into the ocean.

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