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Preserving Independent Schools and the Role of Parents

Thursday May 2023


Leor Sapir Fellow @LeorSapir

The Manhattan Institute, in partnership with the Tikvah Fund, invites you to a reception.

Throughout New York City, independent K–12 schools have proliferated in response to parental demand for curricular models that are free from the cultural turbulence affecting other schools. During the Covid-19 pandemic, independent and faith-based schools demonstrated their value to parents, expanding their enrollment and retaining those new students even as other schools began to reopen during the 2022–23 school year.

However, parents face many questions about what their children are learning and their own role in their child’s schooling. The cultural changes in K–12 public education—under the guise of social emotional learning as well as gender-based ideology—may threaten the future viability of independent schools and their autonomy, which is valued by parents and communities.

Do the curricular changes as they relate to race and gender in public schools serve as a harbinger of what’s to come for private schools, faith-based or otherwise? How can parents intervene when political and social justice agendas are advanced under the general banner of social emotional learning? What can parents do in their own homes to preserve character and faith-based values?

In collaboration with the Tikvah Fund, please join us for a reception featuring Manhattan Institute fellow Leor Sapir, who will discuss these important questions and more.

About the Tikvah Fund
Tikvah is a non-profit ideas institution committed to supporting the intellectual, religious, and political leaders of the Jewish people and the Jewish State. Tikvah runs a wide range of initiatives in Israel, the United States, and around the world, including educational programs, publications, and fellowships.

About Leor Sapir
Leor Sapir is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute whose research focuses on the intrusion of gender ideology into American social and political institutions. He has written on the capture of medical organizations, the corruption of the scientific process, the use of law to enforce gender ideology in schools, and the erosion of parental rights as they pertain to children’s medical and mental health. Sapir holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston College and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

Photo: Julien Viry/iStock

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