Billionaire John Paulson Penned Letter to Manhattan’s $50K-a-Year Spence School Accusing It of ‘anti-White Indoctrination’
Megan Sheets, Daily Mail, July 8, 2020
Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson threatened to stop donating to Manhattan’s elite all-girls Spence School because of ‘anti-white indoctrination’ in the curriculum being taught to his two daughters.
Paulson, who became a celebrity in the banking industry after raking in billions from his bet against the American housing market ahead of the 2008 financial crisis and served as an economic adviser to President Donald Trump, made the claims in a letter to the school in 2017 that was unearthed this week by Page Six.
At the time both of Paulson’s daughters, Giselle and Danielle, attended the school on the Upper East Side, which charges nearly $50,000 per year in tuition and boasts many famous alumni including Gwenyth Paltrow, Anna Wintour’s daughter Bee Shaffer, and Michael Bloomberg’s daughter Georgina Bloomberg.
In the letter, signed by Paulson and his wife Jenny, the couple describe several examples of reading materials their daughters received which they claim include malicious portrayals of white people.
They argued that the curriculum is ‘designed’ to promote anti-white ideologies by teaching students, of which less than a quarter are minorities, that white people are successful because of their race.
‘In recent years we have reached out on several occasions to discuss a disturbing trend in one area of the curriculum that we believe is having a negative impact on our daughters’ education,’ the Paulsons wrote in the letter, which was addressed to Spence’s Head of School Eleanor ‘Bodie’ Brizendine and sent to several members of the board of trustees.
‘As we’ve noted before, there appears to be an anti-white indoctrination that permeates many parts of the Spence curriculum.’
The Paulsons went on to cite several examples of ‘very troubling’ curriculum materials that they had spoken to Spence about in past years.
‘Last year, we highlighted sections from assigned passages in 8th grade English. These included: in “Indian Education,” the white teacher is a mean, ugly redheaded monster and a white father rapes his daughter,’ the letter states.
‘We also expressed our deep disappointment last September at the school play when two white girls pushed a black girl because she didn’t summer in South or East Hampton.
‘In past years, we also contacted you about the story of “When Richer Weds Poorer” … where the protagonist said that it was amazing that rich people could be nice.
‘We were left with the impression that it was possible to promote diversity in ways that were neither inflammatory nor discriminatory towards whites.’
The couple then described the reason for their current letter – an assignment their seventh-grade daughter recently received.
‘Now we find ourselves writing to you again to raise yet another example in what has become an alarming pattern … the subject of “Courageous Conversations Conversation Compass” given to the seventh-grade class,’ the letter states.
‘The student writings provided are designed, we believe, to promote anti-white indoctrination.’