A whistleblowing teacher who ripped his Manhattan private school for “indoctrinating” students with extreme progressive politics has been booted from his classroom for the rest of the year — as the educator accused the school’s of privately expressing doubts about the curriculum himself.
Staffer Paul Rossi sparked an inferno at Grace Church School last week with an essay that accused administrators of stifling dissent and fixating on race.
School spokesman Topher Nichols said Monday that Rossi has been barred from teaching for the year because several students were uncomfortable with his presence and asked to be removed from his class.
Nichols said Rossi declined to renew a contract for next year but will remain on the payroll for the rest of this term.
He will also be offered a spot on a new task force that will examine school practices.
But the teacher hit back in an email to head of school George Davison Monday — accusing his boss of reciting progressive mantras in public while questioning them in private.
“In support of those who will inevitably be scared into silence by seeing the price I am now paying for speaking up, I am compelled to share what you have told me in previous conversations,” Rossi wrote in a letter that was posted online.
The Grace boss told Rossi that he had “grave doubts about some of the doctrinaire stuff that gets spouted at us in the name of antiracism,” the teacher wrote.
Rossi said he told Davison that the school was in a state of accelerating academic decay — and alleged that his boss echoed that alarm, according to the missive.
Davison, who is leaving Grace at the end of next school year, also expressed reservations about what he viewed as the collective tarring of white students, Rossi claimed.
The approach was “demonizing white people for being born” and making white kids “feel less than, for nothing they are personally responsible for,” he quoted Davison as allegedly saying.
“While I cannot know for certain, I suspect that the reason you have not shared these concerns with the broader Grace community is because you know exactly what happens to people who do,” Rossi wrote. “It is what is happening to me right now.”
But Davison denied those claims in a response to Rossi.
“We disagree and that will remain,” he wrote back Monday.
“You misquoted me and attributed to me things that I had never said nor would ever say in the press. Your actions were unprofessional and I still defended your right to have a point of view. I will not in an email get into a point by point rebuttal because I know that you are not trustworthy given your past performance.”
Similar controversies have exploded into the open at several of Manhattan’s most exclusive private schools in recent weeks.
In a lengthy essay, Brearley School dad Andrew Guttman accused administrators of a “cowardly and appalling lack of leadership [for] appeasing an anti-intellectual, illiberal mob.”
Over at the Dalton School, longtime head James Best announced his exit last week amid an ongoing internal war over the school’s embrace of progressive politics.