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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 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 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

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

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, 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

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

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.


Concerned alumni, parents and grandparents


May 18, 2022 It has been a month since we sent an email to Lake Highland families and directed concerned parents to the website, Since then, we have had 85 anonymous signatures on the website’s petition and many positive communications from people like you. We want to reiterate that we believe this identity-based ideology is just gaining a foothold at our beloved school, and we feel we can turn things around with your help and input. For over fifty years, Lake Highland has provided exceptional education to a broad range of students. The teachers, staff and facilities are first-class and to be commended. We detail on the LHPS Watch website the subtle changes that are taking place and our concern about the lack of response from the school’s leadership. We hope with a new school president starting this summer we can get answers to our questions about changes made to the school curricula, library offerings and Lake Highland’s website. The website has updated information on the home page under “Recent Information Blogs.” Keep an eye out for new information there and provide us with any new developments you learn about the school by sending an email to Additionally, some of our emails go to spam. Please spread the word to other LHP families to check their spam folders and to go to the LHPS Watch website and the Recent Information Blog on the home page. Many of you have contacted us, some supporting this effort and some opposed. Some have requested to be removed from further communication and we do our best to honor those requests. There is an unsubscribe option at the end of this email. A few of you have asked reasonable questions about our position. We wish to respond to those now. What proof is there that LH trains teachers to teach Woke? shows you how LH leadership embraced the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) and its “best practices” of creating a DEI initiative and a DEI administrative structure to redesign the school top to bottom. We also show how LH’s redesigned website celebrated sending its faculty and students to the NAIS’s People of Color Conference (PoCC) and Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) for “leadership training”. Go to our website, section titled “NAIS PoCC Courses” to read the seminar course content for these conferences. Not only are they filled with Critical Race Theory, Critical Gender Theory and other Woke ideology, the attendees are specifically trained to take this content back to their respective schools and teach these dogmas to children as young as 3 years old. In addition, we learned from those in the room, that in January, LH’s DEI Director issued a new speech code to all kindergarten teachers prohibiting their use of the phrase “boys and girls” because it is not “inclusive”. Our point is a warning: this is just the beginning. Why do you oppose “Diversity”, “Equity” and “Inclusion” or teaching the history of slavery and racism in America? We don’t oppose that at all. We say so repeatedly on the website. We’ll say it again now. In fact, on we predicted that some supporters of LH’s embrace of Woke would attempt to “flip” the issues by accusing us of opposing an honest and fair account of history, or opposing “diversity” of thought, opposing “inclusion” of everyone and “equality” of opportunity. Go to our subsection “Understanding Woke” and the subsection within titled “The Woke Share our Vocabulary, but not our Dictionary”. As we explain and prove Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have a different meaning within Woke than what is traditionally understood. These and other terms are re-defined. In fact, throughout the website we can’t be clearer: We oppose Woke because it rejects the idea of a colorblind acceptance of every child as a unique individual. We quote the promotors of Woke and cite their training seminars at the NAIS PoCC /SDLC where Lake Highland continues to send our faculty and students. Woke demands that people see themselves and everyone around them through a lens of group identity, and judges everyone by their membership in this or that demographic category. At this point it appears that people who continue to ask us this question have not actually read the website. Where in the curriculum is LH teaching Woke? One class we know of is the Global Online Academy course titled Gender Studies. Of course, as we show at after LH leadership was made aware of this course, they kept the course but promptly removed LH parents’ ability to see the curriculum (via Atlas browser.) So, the answer to the question is a couple of questions: How would we know? They clearly don’t want parents to be able to see the curriculum for some reason. Why? We think the answer lies in the undeniable fact that this was done at the same time they created and tasked a DEI Director and a DEI Advisory Committee with “initiating programmatic and curricular changes in every school.” We prove this at Further, as we explain, the initial stages of Woke involve creation of a DEI Director and adoption of cross-over words in the school’s formal policy language. These sources of power and authority are then used to transform the curriculum and school. These are exactly the changes made by LH leadership since 2020. Why mass emails? These would not be necessary if LH had what every public-school parent has: a school board meeting where parents can get answers directly from the people making decisions about their child’s education and where every other parent can discover what concerns others. Why doesn’t Lake Highland allow open questions and answers from parents? Previously, parents could ask questions at the end of the annual State of School Speech. At last year’s State of the School Speech, President Harms censored parents’ questions and at the most recent State of the School Speech he refused to take any questions whatsoever. His last quip to LH parents was “If you have a concern, send me an email.” The president is on this email list, and we just did.

Sincerely, Concerned alumni, parents and grandparents


May 5, 2022

Dear Parents,

It has been brought to our attention by a parent that Lake Highland has most recently removed the children’s classic and Newberry Medal winner, Strawberry Girl from the fourth-grade curriculum for being deemed “offensive.” Here is an online review of the book:

“Here's a great way to keep history alive for middle-schoolers. Lois Lenski wrote about ordinary country children, usually in agricultural occupations. Her STRAWBERRY GIRL lives in Florida and has to contend with rival families struggling to bring in the seasonal strawberry crop. While the time (ca. 1940) has now gone by, this is such a worthwhile document of Florida history that it is still in print and widely read in the Sunshine State. Perhaps your kids will enjoy it too!”

Here are a few of our questions that parents might want to ask the school: What is the standard by which the school is making those decisions? What books have they removed from the classroom and what books have they added? What books have been removed from the library and what books have they added in the last two years? Since parents are not able to view the detail of each class course curriculum or have online access to the library how would a parent know? They wouldn’t.

As we disclosed on the website the new DEI Director has been given the authority and power to initiate program and curriculum changes at all schools, lower, middle and upper schools. What qualifications and training does the DEI Director have and what is the position job description?

A larger question is why the school felt the need for a Director of DEI in the first place. We have a diverse student body, have always had multiple programs and classes to satisfy a range of student needs and interests and have worked hard to provide an atmosphere of love, concern and mutual respect, per our Mission Statement.

Lake Highland, thus far, has ignored anyone that has questioned their new direction so new information regarding changes that like-minded parents should know and understand needs to be shared between parents. Let us know and we will help you do that.

LHPS Watch

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