Opinion

Letters to the Editor — April 17, 2021


The Issue: A New York teacher’s essay criticizing the use of “Critical Race Theory” in schools.

Anyone who reads Paul Rossi’s essay on his experience with Critical Race Theory in a private school cannot help but recall the history of China and the USSR (“Lesson in wrong division,” April 14).

When and how did we in the United States adopt the methodology of China’s cultural revolution and communist reeducation? How do we stop this, and where is it leading?

Ed Smith

Westfield, NJ

Rossi underscores that freedom of speech is disappearing.

With that said, what has been overlooked is: How are schools improving education and preparing students to work in a global workplace as we continue to see the US educational system fall in global rankings? Is the core curriculum a priority?

Eileen Corr

Manhattan

Paul Rossi is a hero. Reading his plea for sanity, at least at Grace Church HS, was riveting and depressing.

Call it Critical Race Theory or any other name, Rossi’s description of the landmines imposed on him as he teaches reminds one of the movies about communism we all saw in the ’50s and ’60s.

Rossi sounded relieved to offload the burden of having to “think correctly,” while worrying about his students escaping the espoused dogma.

For him, teaching seems to be worth those risks, a heroism we see too little of in our schools and (especially) universities. Thank you, Rossi.

Rich Klitzberg

Boca Raton, Fla.

As a parent whose children have received superb educations at Grace Church HS, I am a huge fan of the institution.

I am also a huge fan of Rossi for speaking his mind freely and sharing his views.

Black Americans were severely mistreated and have been waging an uphill battle to get to equal standing.

While giving some preferences to assist in that battle is not the long-term solution, it is necessary both to help in the redress and also to show that the problem is recognized.

Robert Rylee

Manhattan

The Issue: The Biden administration considering lifting sanctions on Iran in a reversal of Trump’s policies.

One thing you can count on is the Iranians knowing when they have a patsy to negotiate with (“Biden Caves to Iran,” Editorial, April 11).

The Biden administration came into office holding all the cards. The Iranian economy was on life support, and the Iranian people were desperate to rid themselves of the rogue regime.

Yet America is on its hands and knees, begging Iran to come to the table.

Watch Biden’s negotiators give away concession after concession to get the mad mullahs sign on the dotted line.

Steve Heitner

Middle Island

More money to Iran would mean more terrorism in the Middle East, Europe and, possibly, the United States.

It is alarming that Biden’s negotiators ignored the advice of other Middle Eastern countries against the reversal of American sanctions on Iran.

Biden and his flunkies are not acting in the best interests of Americans or peace in the Middle East.

James Patterson

Washington, DC

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