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Illinois School Villainizes White Males, Enforces Divisive DEI Training

At the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA), a public boarding school famed for nurturing bright young minds, the introduction of woke policies and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) agendas is proving more divisive than uniting. The academy now requires teachers to undergo training and even coaching if they mistakenly misuse a student’s pronouns or otherwise fail to adhere to the school’s stringent DEI protocols.

It’s reported that IMSA has instituted a role known as an “Equity Instructional Coach.” Teachers flagged for any DEI infractions, such as “incorrect pronoun usage,” are subjected to corrective coaching sessions. This initiative is part of a broader trend where educational institutions are being coerced into prioritizing ideological conformity over academic excellence. The focus has dramatically shifted from educating students in rigorous subjects to policing language and enforcing a narrow view of inclusion.

One teacher at IMSA was reprimanded not for exhibiting bias, but for creating a supposedly unsafe environment by misusing pronouns, despite efforts to correctly gather and use such personal identifiers. This kind of environment fosters a culture of fear among educators, who must now walk on eggshells or face potential reprimand.

Why DEI Actually Stands for Division, Exclusion, and Intolerance

What’s particularly troubling is the broader implication of such policies. They’re not just about ensuring respect and dignity for all students, as claimed. Instead, they enforce a rigid oppressor-versus-oppressed ideology that categorizes and segregates individuals based on identity markers. This is counterproductive to the true spirit of education, which should aim to foster critical thinking and intellectual freedom, not adherence to a stifling orthodoxy.

Further, the emails reveal an underlying resentment towards certain demographic groups, as seen in discussions around committee selections for policy evaluations. Comments from the school’s equity coach suggested that white, straight, Christian males might be inherently unfit for such tasks due to their “privileged” status. This divisive stance is a far cry from the inclusivity these DEI initiatives claim to promote.

The real danger here is not just to academic freedom but to the very fabric of our societal values, which are built on the ideals of individual dignity and equality under the law. When schools like IMSA prioritize indoctrination over education, they don’t just fail their students; they fail our society by breeding resentment, division, and a generation ill-prepared to face real-world challenges with reason and resilience.

While IMSA and similar institutions might believe they are advancing a noble cause, they are, in fact, perpetuating a cycle of division and alienation under the guise of equity and inclusion. It’s a misguided approach that sows discord and undermines the foundational principles of our nation’s educational system.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.