September, 2022


The meaning of “belonging” according to Jesus On LH’s website the new DEI department created and posted a warm and beautiful video explaining what it means to belong at LH. The message and sentiment of this video is a perfect reflection of LH’s Mission Statement, Honor Code and its long history of celebrating the biblical virtues known as the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). To see it click on “About” and then “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” in the drop-down menu. The sense of belonging expressed in that video is the Christian meaning of acceptance and tolerance embraced and practiced by LH since its founding in 1970. After watching the video, however, recall that in 2020 LH leadership removed the words “Christian Values” and replaced them with the words “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” at this very same location on the school’s website. That is, on its webpage where LH leadership self-describes the school and the source of its core principals, LH leadership supplanted “Christian Values” with DEI values. Recall, also that they simultaneously created the DEI Directorship and DEI Committee and empowered them to install DEI doctrine into every aspect of LH’s pedagogy and curriculum. Also simultaneously, they removed LH parents’ ability to see the syllabus of the classes taught at LH, thereby forever blinding them to any changes the DEI Director/Committee make to the curriculum. We have asked numerous questions, numerous times, as have other parents and alum, yet none have even been acknowledged, much less answered, by LH leadership. These include: -Why does LH leadership believe Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are superior to and should supplant the values of Christ? -Does LH leadership even understand what DEI is, according to the people and organizations who unapologetically promote it? -Where would LH’s leadership have gotten the idea to replace Christian values with the new DEI mantra? and -What does Diversity, Equity & Inclusion look like in practice once it is fully and formally put in place at LH? LH leadership refuses to answer the first question, and we can only charitably assume the answer to the second is “No”. The answer to the third question is the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), a Washington DC based lobbying and DEI advocacy group targeting private K-12 schools across America for the past 3 decades. The NAIS plays no role in LH’s accreditation. However, recently LH’s leadership reaffirmed the school’s voluntary membership and use of NAIS’s resources and seminars on page 1 of the LH 2022-23 Middle & Upper School Student Handbook. The fourth question above is perhaps the most important and apropos the LH DEI video on belonging. What would Diversity, Equity and Inclusion look like in practice if fully implemented at LH? In other words, given the LH trustee’s replacement of Christian Values with the values of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, what would it mean to “belong” at LH in the future? The answer can be found by looking at how DEI is practiced at the NAIS’s seminars, like its annual “flagship” conference the People of Color Conference (PoCC). The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policies and course materials of the PoCC are archived at NAIS’s website https://pocc.nais.org/Program-Archive , or quoted verbatim at our website at LHPSWatch.com under the section NAIS PoCC Courses. Below we quote only a fraction of the NAIS PoCC seminar materials. Remember, the NAIS is the source of the new DEI Director/Committee structure adopted in 2020 at LH. Also remember, LH sends our teachers and students to the NAIS’s PoCC for “leadership training” where they are taught how to bring back and teach to our children (as young as Pre-K) what they learn. The meaning of “belonging” according to DEI All attendees at the PoCC are segregated according to the color of their skin. In fact, everyone is told that their “psychological safety” depends upon maintaining this racial segregation. (We are left wondering if a similar meaning of “safe space” is intended in LH’s DEI video) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion means that if you have the wrong skin color then you do not belong in the meetings of people who have the right skin color, even if your spouse or child has the correct skin color and, themselves, do belong. Here is a verbatim quote from NAIS’s PoCC written seminar policy, Which Affinity Group Should I Attend?, in place at PoCC since 2007: …To preserve the safety and integrity of each Affinity Group space, you should attend only those sessions that correspond with the racial and ethnic identity to which you belong. Affinity Groups at PoCC are not spaces to learn about the racial or ethnic identity of others, including that of a child, spouse, or partner. Trying to attend an Affinity Group to which you do not belong is an intrusion and you will be asked to leave out of care and respect for the members' psychological safety and well-being. The NAIS calls these racially and ethnically segregated groups “affinity groups”. LH formally adopted the NAIS’s PoCC policy of exclusion with respect to its own race-based student groups when it created the DEI Director and Committee. LH’s policy states: “Some meetings [of LH affinity groups] will be closed, with only those who share a particular affinity invited to participate.” -See link to LH policy statement “Why Affinity Groups” on LHPSWatch.com in section Understanding Woke-Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. It also turns out that according to the meaning of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the NAIS’s PoCC one specific racial group does not even belong at the conference. Since 2007, the NAIS has complained that there are too many white people at a conference admittedly designed for everyone, except white people. In 2007 the NAIS explained why they abandoned the Christian meaning of “diversity” and “inclusion” which Americans incorrectly and naively assume is meant by DEI and redesigned the PoCC: “The need to redesign the conference was borne out of several driving forces: -the “dilemmathe ongoing issue of what to do about the ever-growing presence of white allies at a conference designed for people of color; -the realization that the conference focus was shifting more and more toward a diversity conference and away from its original mission. Contrast how advocates of DEI define belonging when its fully implemented, as at the NAIS PoCC, with the video from LH’s DEI director/committee discussing what it means to belong at LH. According to the DEI advocates at the NAIS PoCC-who trained the DEI advocates in LH’s DEI program-the meaning of belonging excludes one racial group because their mere presence is a “dilemma” capable of “psychological harm” to everyone else. At the 2019 PoCC DEI described the presence of white people as the “white elephant in the room” and classes were taught discussing this “problem”. DEI fully formed at LH, like DEI in practice at the PoCC, would necessarily involve teaching LH students to see themselves and everyone around them thru the lens of race, with one particular race being a “problem”, a “dilemma”, and worse. The introduction to the 2019 PoCC stated: “The NAIS [PoCC] is an important opportunity for educators at every level to embrace equity thru a racial lens” What is clear is that the decision by LH’s trustees to supplant and replace Christian values with the mantra of DEI is an explicit rejection of the Christian meaning of belonging; an explicit rejection of the wisdom of MLK of pursuing a color-blind community, in favor of race-based group categorizations and racial segregation. And we know DEI explicitly rejects Jesus’, and MLK’s, meaning of belonging because the advocates of DEI at NAIS say so explicitly. For instance, a 2011 PoCC class titled “There is No Such Thing as Colorblindness” makes this clear and undeniable. Moreover, every PoCC seminar since 2007 instructs teachers to encourage students to develop a racial group-based identity. Well, except for one specific, inferior racial group. Specifically, while DEI in practice promotes the development of a positive race-based group identity for students “of color”, white students are told they suffer from an ephemeral, but ineliminable racial trait called “whiteness”. According to orthodox NAIS DEI dogma, “whiteness” most definitely does NOT belong anywhere. DEI demands white students “interrogate their whiteness” and their “white privilege”. According to orthodox DEI pedagogy, as practiced at NAIS’s PoCC, this immutable, congenital moral defect called ‘whiteness’ is a defect in just one racial group and must be “eliminated” in order to achieve the “Equity” in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Again, LH leadership uses the NAIS to train its DEI Director, DEI Committee, its teachers and students, and in 2020 LH created the DEI Director and Committee as recommended by the NAIS so as to re-write its entire curriculum and pedagogy according to DEI values. Conclusion So, we certainly enjoyed the video produced by LH’s new DEI Director/Committee defining the meaning of belonging within an atmosphere of love, concern and mutual respect at LH. But know that every word and feeling expressed in that video was part of LH long before DEI was smuggled into LH. More importantly, the sense of belonging expressed in that video is traced directly back to the values of Jesus Christ, which had served LH well for its first 50 years, before the LH trustees supplanted them with the divisive, toxic dogmas of DEI. Most important, don’t be fooled by this PR from LH’s new DEI department. A common strategy of Woke advocates of DEI is to use the words, concepts and phrases we all love and are familiar with-like belonging, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion-to ingratiate themselves into and then transform our institutions. They seek to take credit for the traditions-in this case long standing Christian traditions at LH-that have served us so well in the pursuit of color-blind integration, tolerance and acceptance of individual differences. Yet, as we show here and at LHPSWatch.com DEI categorically rejects color-blind tolerance and acceptance of individuals, free from group based pigeon holing. We discuss this deceptive strategy of the Woke in detail at LHPSWatch.com, in the section Understanding Woke. Supporters of DEI share our vocabulary, but not our dictionary. They use so called “cross over words”; familiar words but with new and different race-based meanings designed so that organization leaders will adopt DEI into the organization’s formal structure, where they are then used in their woke meaning as established policy to completely transform the organization. DEI’s definition of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging do not mean what you think they mean. Simply look at DEI in practice at the NAIS’s PoCC. The truth is that the deceptive mantra of DEI adds nothing to LH’s proud history of educating and integrating students of every race, creed, and orientation in a tolerant, color blind, merit-based atmosphere. DEI gets no credit for any of that and is not needed as a replacement of LH’s traditional Christian principals. LH does not need instruction from the morally appalling NAIS, or its supporters, on how to create an atmosphere of belonging with love, concern and mutual respect for everyone, of every skin color. The Bible has all the instruction LH has ever needed. Truth be told, the DEI which LH’s trustees foisted on us in 2020 is patently racist, divisive and toxic to creation of exactly such an atmosphere. This is undeniable to anyone who bothers to review the NAIS’s own PoCC course materials, which we have charitably assumed no one in LH leadership as actually bothered to do. But it is impossible now for LH leadership to deny that they have imported these race-based dogmas of DEI into our school. It is long past time they recognize DEI was never needed, and DEI values have no place today in LH’s pedagogy, administrative structure or curriculum. LH’s trustees have no excuse for not immediately cutting all association with the racist, morally backward-looking organization, the NAIS, ridding LH of the NAIS’s recommended DEI Director/Committee regime from its administrative structure, and restoring Christian values in its public self-description and as the source of its core principals and mission.


Sincerely,

Concerned alumni, parents and grandparents

LHPSWatch.com

ProtectOurSchool@outlook.com

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August 2022


The start of the new year is always exciting and wonderful with new intellectual challenges for our kids and logistical challenges for busy parents. We welcome all the new faces in Lake Highland’s faculty and staff and remain grateful for their hard work making LH such an amazing school. LH leadership has a new president, and we wish him success. The board of trustees remains essentially the same. Unfortunately, our concerns and questions about the subtle, but significant changes made by LH leadership amidst the 2020 Covid lockdown and detailed at LHPSWatch.com remain unanswered. These include:


-embracing and adopting the recommended “Best Practices” of the Washington DC based organization, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), by creating a LH Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Director and a DEI Advisory Committee tasked with top to bottom “programmatic and curricular changes to all schools” and mandatory “sensitivity training” based on group identity ideology, all while simultaneously redesigning LH’s website so that parents can no longer view their children’s curriculum nor the books on LH’s library shelves as before.

-sending LH’s faculty and students to demonstrably racist, segregationist NAIS seminars (People of Color Conference/Student Diversity Leadership Conference) for “leadership training” and adopting the NAIS’s formal policy of race based “Affinity Groups” which exclude non-group member students.

-promoting a scientifically absurd Gender Studies class for upper school students while prohibiting kindergarten teachers from using the phrase “boys and girls” when referring to our little ones.


- replacing of the words “Christian Values” with the mantra of “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” (DEI) in LH’s self-description on its website.


-all the above-and more- without any notice or opportunity for discussion or input from LH parents and while refusing, to this day, to answer any questions or provide any explanations for these radically transformative and significant changes.


These are only some of the concerns and questions which LH leadership has refused to answer, but which LHPSWatch.com will continue to ask and discuss. Look for our blogs on these and other issues in the future. Given the new school year we also thought it a good time to remind LH parents to vigilantly watch what their children are being taught. As far as we can tell, LH leadership is moving forward with the “programmatic changes” in every aspect of LH, including its curriculum, as recommended by the NAIS. LH continues to affiliate with the NAIS, hire faculty thru this organization and send both faculty and students to its conferences for “leadership training”. Because of the 2020 removal of the Atlas class syllabus browser from LH’s website, parents remain blinded as to what the school is specifically teaching children in any class but the one your child is in. Parents can and should access their parental portal weekly, if not daily, to review what their child is being taught in his or her class.


LH leadership continues to refuse to transparently and publicly discuss the controversial changes which flout the principles of our mission statement and honor code. Pay attention to your child’s course content. Look for Woke buzzwords, like those discussed at LHPSWatch.com. Look for new terms, strange jargon and one-sided political handouts advocating ideological dogma and doctrine in course materials and class discussions. For example, the mantra of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. As we demonstrate on the website, DEI does not mean what you think it means. “The Woke share our vocabulary, but not our dictionary”. If you see one-sided proselytizing in your child’s classroom (i.e., LH’s Gender Studies course in the Global Online Academy electives), or policy changes (i.e., the LH DEI director’s edict to kindergarten teachers prohibiting their use of the words “boys and girls” to describe young ones) then let us know. One purpose of the LHPSWatch.com is to enable concerned parents to communicate and share what is happening at LH with other parents. LH leadership continues to refuse to transparently and publicly discuss these controversial changes which flout the principles of our mission statement and honor code.


We are aware of a small, but growing group, of LH parents who are asking the new president to create a public-school board type forum at LH where any LH parent can ask LH leadership any question or raise any concern. Modeled after the existing bi-monthly public county school board meetings, this would be a monthly forum open to every parent and recorded so all parents can listen later to what is concerning others. This group has no specific issue other than simply creating at LH what every public-school parent has: an opportunity to transparently communicate directly with LH leadership in a brief Q & A session and hear what concerns other parents. In other words, establish communication between parents and leadership about their child’s education. If you think a school board type forum is a positive, helpful and necessary change and wish to support this effort let us know and we can connect you.


Sincerely,

Concerned alumni, parents and grandparents

LHPSWatch.com

ProtectOurSchool@outlook.com


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Why NAIS?

June 15, 2022


One of the many unanswered questions LH leadership has refused to address is why affiliate with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) at all? As we show on LHPSWatch.com the NAIS is a Washington DC based organization designed to transform America’s private schools and indoctrinate its students into progressive woke activists who morally rank themselves and everyone around them according to skin color and other group identities. This is patently inconsistent with LH’s mission statement and honor code (“Each Highlander is a unique child of God”) and flies in the face of the universally accepted principle of color-blind social integration, not segregation, of diverse people.


Beginning in 2020 LH openly celebrated its relationship with the NAIS on its website, then removed it when a parent asked questions. However, subsequently, LH confirmed that they still send LH faculty and children to NAIS sponsored seminars, like the People of Color Conference (PoCC) and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) for “leadership training”. This NAIS “training” is designed to be brought back to LH and taught to children as young as Pre-K. LH leadership also adopted NAIS’s recommended “best practices” with the creation of the new DEI administrative structure. The purpose of the DEI director position and DEI Advisory Committee is to implement and enforce Woke pedagogy into LH’s curriculum and practices top to bottom. In this, and upcoming blogs, we show you the NAIS’s patently racist, Marxist and scientifically absurd pedagogy and politics by quoting their own content.


NAIS’s use of “Diversity” and “Inclusion” means Racial Re-segregation, not Colorblind Integration


In explaining the 2007 “redesign” and “refocus” of its PoCC/SDLC faculty/student seminars going forward, the NAIS explicitly acknowledged its segregationist agenda, confirming that the Woke meaning of the terms “diversity” and “inclusive” do not include people of every race. Specifically, as quoted below, PoCC/SDLC organizers complained that the “original purpose” of PoCC/SDLC was NOT “a diversity conference” inclusive of white people. They unwittingly let slip how the classically liberal, Judeo-Christian meaning of the words “diversity” and “inclusion”-where everyone is included equally regardless of skin color-are NOT the Woke/NAIS meaning of those words. Here, in their own words, is proof that “inclusion” and “diversity” are Woke cross-over words, purposefully chosen to dishonestly appeal to the non-Woke, while simultaneously masking a radically different, segregationist meaning. Woke cross-over words like these are designed to be smuggled into organizational policy and practice for use by Woke advocates in positions of institutional authority and policy making. This is how Woke advocates transform institutions and schools across the country, like LH. This deceptive manipulation of familiar words and moral concepts is crucial to understanding Woke ideology. We explained this in detail at LHPSWatch.com in the section Understanding Woke-They Share our Vocabulary but not our Dictionary. There you can also find additional resources for your own, deeper research into Woke. Here is the NAIS in their own words:


“The need to redesign the conference was borne out of several driving forces:


-the “dilemma”—the ongoing issue of what to do about the ever-growing presence of white allies at a conference designed for people of color;

-the realization that the conference focus was shifting more and more toward a diversity conference and away from its original mission.


2007 PoCC Seminar Program, p. 31 NAIS https://pocc.nais.org/Program-Archive

In addition, since 2007 the following statement, titled Which Affinity Group Should I Attend?, has appeared at the beginning of every year’s PoCC/SDLC program.


…To preserve the safety and integrity of each Affinity Group space, you should attend only those sessions that correspond with the racial and ethnic identity to which you belong. Affinity Groups at PoCC are not spaces to learn about the racial or ethnic identity of others, including that of a child, spouse, or partner. Trying to attend an Affinity Group to which you do not belong is an intrusion and you will be asked to leave out of care and respect for the members' psychological safety and well-being.


See PoCC Seminar Programs, 2007 to present, NAIS https://pocc.nais.org/Program-Archive


So many questions can be asked, but here are just a few. Notice that attendees are grouped according to race and ethnicity, based on the scientifically absurd and racist dogma that skin color determines an individual’s personal identity. The Woke doctrine of racial “affinity” assumes that individuals with the “same” skin color all think and act alike. This begs the unanswerable question posed to every racist advocate of racial segregation in human history: how much of this or that skin pigmentation determines what racial group to which one is assigned? Is it the “one drop” rule? Or the “one quarter” rule? Or maybe one’s “racial affinity” requires at least one parent of that race? Or maybe membership in the NAIS’s Woke racial categories requires both parents to be “of the same race”? Woke doctrine requires posing and answering these morally appalling questions of the darkest past.


Notice also the NAIS separates LH’s faculty/student attendees according to race, even though they may have “…a child, spouse, or partner” of a different race. The NAIS PoCC is NOT the “space[] to learn about [the] racial or ethnic identity of others”. Incredibly, according to the NAIS, and Woke, racial integration can cause psychological damage. As we said, this stuff is not just morally appalling, but scientifically absurd. As detailed at LHPSWatch.com, LH recently adopted this same objectionable exclusionary policy with respect to its student clubs in its statement Why Affinity Groups?


Similar NAIS content over the years confirms its embrace of the Woke meaning of the words “diversity” and “inclusion”. The NIAS, and Woke, explicitly reject the principal of integration and MLK’s wisdom. Just one example is a 2011 NAIS PoCC training class titled There is No Such Thing as Colorblind! Which targets 3 to 6-year-olds:


“D-7 There Is No Such Thing as Colorblind! Room 123 Racial identity development starts earlier than you think. Examine how young children’s racial identity development can be successfully supported within the context of everyday classroom life, for children ages three through six. Learn ideas for age-appropriate explicit curriculum, tools for responding to emergent situations, and suggestions for how to effectively invite parents into this important ongoing conversation”


2011 PoCC Seminar Program, NAIS https://pocc.nais.org/Program-Archive


At the 2019 PoCC the NAIS offered a workshop titled The White Elephant in the Room: Navigating the Reality of Whiteness at PoCC reiterating the above points:


“Over a decade ago, NAIS declared that the "original purpose" of the PoCC was "providing people of color in our schools a sanctuary and a 'voice.'" Since then, the number of white people at the conference has been growing at an increasingly rapid rate, which raises the question of whether this original purpose has remained intact. While conversations about white people at the PoCC are ubiquitous among attendees who are people of color, the topic can still be difficult to discuss. This panel aims to address this fraught issue by exploring ways in which we can productively navigate the reality of white people at the PoCC.”


2019 PoCC Seminar Program, NAIS https://pocc.nais.org/Program-Archive

In a future blog we will discuss the NAIS’s advocacy of other explicitly racist and absurd Woke dogmas, like “whiteness”, and show you their provably Marxist origins. But for now we ask, again: Why is LH affiliated in any way with an organization that treats people differently according to the color of their skin or embraces racist dogmas that were thoroughly refuted by science decades ago? To date, LH leadership refuses to even entertain the question, must less answer it.

Sincerely,

Concerned alumni, parents and grandparents

LHPSWatch.com

ProtectOurSchool@outlook.com



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