A private California school known for catering to celebrities is facing a legal challenge for its woke curriculum after a Jewish father attempted to expose their “racially divisive, anti-Semitic ideology that seeks to indoctrinate children to reject Western values.”
The Brentwood School is a private K-12 institution in Los Angeles that, for $50,000 annual tuition, has educated the children of actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Reese Witherspoon and Jack Nicolson. Now, father Jerome Eisenberg is accusing the institution of pulling a “bait-and-switch” in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Santa Monica Superior Court against the school and its head, Michael Riera, according to the Daily Mail.
Arguing that the school committed a breach of contract, intentionally inflicted emotional distress on his daughter (referred to as J.E. in the complaint) and violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which protects against discrimination by California businesses, the suit contends that the school changed the traditional liberal education to indoctrination after the death of George Floyd. It was then that control of the curriculum was handed over to the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
And Eisenberg’s daughter, a former 8th-grade student at the school, was reportedly booted from the institution after he complained.
Eisenberg argued in the lawsuit that the school replaced its traditional curriculum with “an identity-based ideology of grievance, resentment, and racial divisiveness…indoctrinating [students] into what to think, based on Brentwood’s preferred political fad of the moment.”
The suit alleged parents “eventually discovered defendants’ scheme to transform the school under a racially divisive, anti-Semitic ideology that seeks to indoctrinate children to reject Western values.” It went on to detail that the curriculum suggested Jewish people’s “proximity to whiteness” made them “oppressors” while it ignored “the actual treatment of Jews around the globe throughout all of recorded history.”
This objective was accomplished in such ways as swapping out Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” with woke Boston University professor Ibram X. Kendi’s “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” The father described the book as presenting, “ahistorical, racially inflammatory perspectives on this country’s history with no legitimate pedagogical purpose.”
After complaining, Eisenberg alleged the “English Department told parents that if they wanted their children to read Shakespeare or Hemingway, they should do it in their own free time.”
“Young students were also given a chart called ‘How am I Addressing White Supremacy’ that accuses them of ‘racism’ and ‘anti-blackness’ based purely on the color of their skin,” the suit alleged.
“Teachers also began openly humiliating students who did not adhere to their preferred political beliefs,” the filing contended.
However, sources close to the dispute told the Daily Mail that not everyone is as upset about the changes at the school with an enrollment of Jewish students comprising nearly 40 percent. “The curriculum changes have not affected interest in Brentwood,” one source said. “In fact, more people have wanted to come to Brentwood than ever before.”
A parent choosing to remain anonymous said, “It’s only a few parents who have a problem with the changes to the curriculum. The students by and large, including my own, have no problem with it.”
Eisenberg’s attorney David Pivtorak presented a different story, stating, “I can tell you for a fact that there are dozens of parents who support what Jerry’s doing.”
“Mr. Eisenberg pleaded with defendants to stop their racially discriminatory conduct and to reinstate the race-neutral policies that they promised to uphold when they entered into their agreement,” Pivtorak said of the enrollment of J.E.
“Defendant Riera responded to Mr. Eisenberg’s pleas by withdrawing J.E.’s invitation to return to Brentwood for 9th grade and threatening to expel her from the school immediately unless Mr. Eisenberg promised to stay silent about defendants’ virulent discrimination,” the suit alleged and further stated, “Mr. Eisenberg had no choice but to give in to Riera’s extortionate demands in order to protect his daughter’s future…As a result J.E. was deprived of attending school with the friends she loved and the community she knew.”
A statement from the school made the case that they are prepared to see any legal challenges through in the courts: “The allegations contained in the complaint are baseless, a work of whole fiction and nothing more than a desperate attempt to embarrass the school. The plaintiff’s arguments are unsupported by actual facts and we look forward to proving that in court.”
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