Lessons On “64 genders”, Parents Oppose The American School In London

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Parents are furious at the £32,650-a-year American School in London for reportedly teaching their children that there are “64 genders” and sticking to its “woke agenda” despite an Ofsted inspection that found it lacking.

The school watchdog demoted the private day school from ‘outstanding’ to ‘requires improvement’, citing ‘failures’ in education and leadership, including a preference for teaching ‘social justice’ above learning ‘subject-specific knowledge and skills.’

Interim head of ASL Sacha McVean defended the school to parents, claiming that its programs were backed by school authorities and that the inspection by the watchdog was ‘unique.’

According to the Times, over 100 parents signed a letter to Ms McVean, expressing their surprise that the private school is sticking to its ‘woke’ goal despite the ‘devastating rebuff.’

Meanwhile, other students informed Ofsted that their opinions were’suppressed’ in the classroom.

As a result, the school failed to meet a number of Independent School Standards, which prohibit the “promotion of partisan political viewpoints” and require “respect for individuals who hold different opinions.”

One parent told the Times: ‘The tone of the school’s email was not well received at all. It came across as defiant and unapologetic. 

‘Parents were shocked to see that the school was standing by its programmes.’

Parents have also claimed that students were told in PE lessons that Olympic transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard should compete in female events and that health classes have 64 genders.

A parents said: ‘We have seen controversial views — about which public debate is still raging in society — being taught as truth to these children.’ 

Before the Ofsted inspection, a letter claimed that a recent decision to form racially segregated after-school groups, in which students only interact with classmates of their own race, was illegal because it violated the Equality Act.

The allegations shook the elite institution near Regent’s Park, whose graduates include Kathleen Turner of Hollywood and Stewart Copeland of the Police.

Parents claimed that their children were being ‘indoctrinated’, prompting inspectors to visit the previously outstanding school in December.

Non-white students were allegedly recruited into ‘racist’ affinity groups for after-school activities, and youngsters were lectured about ‘white fragility,’ according to parents.

Former CEO Robin Appleby, who pioneered the agenda, left in November, citing a desire to ‘focus on her own wellbeing’.

Ofsted’s report said: ‘Teaching places much more weight on the school’s approach to social justice than on learning subject-specific knowledge and skills.’ 

It added: ‘Not everyone felt that they are able to express their views freely in class.’

According to Ofsted, students’spend considerable time continuously contemplating identification (including assessing their own traits) rather than gaining, for example, geographical information’ in the lower school social studies curriculum.

Pupils in middle school were required to concentrate on’social concerns’ rather than’skills’ in subjects like English.

The report concluded: ‘While recognising the importance of promoting equalities, a significant minority of parents and pupils told inspectors that a culture has developed where alternative opinions are not felt welcome.’

A current parent said: ‘As the report shows, teachers have been indoctrinating students with extreme, partisan views, academic teaching has been shoved out of the way by excessive teaching about ‘social justice’, and most students are afraid to express their views in class.’ 

ASL has said that it does not educate students about the 62 genders or critical racial theory, and that it is currently examining its curriculum.

A spokesman said on Ofsted’s decision: ‘ASL has been rated outstanding in all of our previous inspections. 

‘This review, however, was unusual in scope and substance, with a narrow focus on some aspects of our programme.

‘Despite meeting 96 per cent of the Independent School standards, our rating was downgraded two levels. We do not think this rating reflects the quality of our school or excellence of our teaching.’

This month, Coreen Hester will succeed Ms McVean as the next head.

Teacher Shares Powerful Act Of Kindness After Student’s Hair Gets Messed Up By Rain

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Teachers play a huge role in shaping future generations and Vanessa Sefa reminds us why. The teacher working at a school in London helped braid a 12-year-old girl’s hair in under 15 minutes to restore the little girl’s confidence. Small acts such as this can go a long way in supporting a child that’s just finding herself. Vanessa Sefa teaches at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy in Croydon, London, and found a 12-year-old come crying, seeking her help. The rain had shrunk the girl’s hair, and she didn’t have a lot of time before the next class. Sefa used what she had at hand to improvise and braid her hair, reported Good Morning America. She posted the same on Twitter to remind everyone how important it was to have Black teachers in schools. 

“Black y8 girl came to me during break, crying, with her natural hair shrunk by the rain,” wrote Sefa on Twitter. “In under 15 minutes and with the wrong tools I got the girl out with 2 rushed cornrows. Being black and that age, hair can mean so much. This is one of the many reasons we need more #Blackteachers.” She also posted a before and after image of 12-year-old student Purity Agyeman’s hair. A Black girl’s hair is an important part of their identity and Sefa knows that. She points out how important it was for the young Black girl to turn to someone who understood and supported her. 

Purity’s often wears her hair in natural updos and protective style but on that day, heavy rainfall, ruined her style. “With tears in her eyes, she expressed that she wasn’t going to go around school like this all day and would rather go home,” said Sefa. “Her hair had started to shrink and consequently tangle up as a result of the friction from her hood and the rain battering it.”

Sefa had all but 15 min to sort her hair out and had to think on the spot. “Halfway through a doughnut, I froze, looked at her, looked at her hair, and then at the time, then with 15 minutes until lessons begin said, ‘OK, sit down, let’s go.'” She had nothing but a small-toothed comb to work with, so she used her nails to get the center part as sharp as possible while she loosely finger-detangled her hair before braiding it into two cornrows. 

Purity was overjoyed at the result, and hugely relieved. She hugged and thanked Sefa for helping her. “I was happy because my hair wasn’t in a mess anymore,” Sefa recalled her student telling her. Purity had learned to do her hair through DIY methods, having lost her mother in 2018 when she was just 9. She lives with her father and confessed to Sefa that she didn’t know much about hair care. Purity’s father reached out to thank Sefa for helping his daughter.

Sefa explained the importance of their hair to a Black person. “For anyone, irrespective of gender and race, hair is often a major part of one’s identity. Black hair particularly is often pre-loaded with political or revolutionary theories and sentiments, even when if the individual is unaware of the context or is simply existing. Black hair is sometimes seen as ‘unkempt,’ ‘radical’ and even ‘dirty,'” she said.

“Due to these multi-layered narratives, Black people are often hyperaware of what their hair says about them,” she continued. Sefa pointed out that Purity was entering her teens and it was important to support her. “I wasn’t going to turn her away, pat her on the back and tell her she looked fine when her self-confidence was temporarily fragile. It wasn’t my place, and a pep talk isn’t what she asked for. I doubt anyone would want that response instead of actual help, if your outfit or makeup, for example, had been ruined by rain,” she said.

The lack of Black teachers can deny students like Purity someone to look up to and seek help which can be crucial. In the UK, where Purity and Sefa live, less than 3% of teachers in the U.K. are Black. America also paints a bleak picture as a report from the U.S. Department of Education in 2020 revealed that only 6.3% of teachers in the nation’s public and private K-12 schools are Black. African-American teachers made up just 11 percent of the teachers in city schools and only 5.5 percent of the teachers in suburban schools and 3.6 percent in rural schools.