Another Story About Fieldston’s Controversial Racial Awareness Program

NY Magazine has a big cover story about Fieldston’s controversial white privilege awareness efforts, which makes what seems like the fifth story on the topic.

Well, maybe it’s not that many — and it’s a worthy topic — but there’s been a lot of focus on the one school:

There was a NYT story in February (At New York Private Schools, Challenging White Privilege From the Inside).

There was a WSJ piece in March (Mandatory Race Talks Roil Elite New York City School).

There was also a March This American Life segment called “Three Miles” that included Fieldston and a student exchange program in February.

Given all the other pressing issues bubbling up in education and the scads of other schools out there trying to do things on the topic of racial awareness and integration, it seems a shame that one school is getting all the attention (some of it unwanted, I’m sure) right now.

Then again, more coverage of education issues is generally a good thing, there is what seems like a genuine controversy taking place within the school, and this latest Lisa Miller piece in NYMag may be the most in-depth treatment of the efforts Fieldston and other private schools are trying to pull off.

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Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at