June 20, 2006, - 5:23 pm

Oy Vey: Be Glad Your Kids Don’t go to THIS School!

By Debbie Schlussel
Be happy your kids don’t go to Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For Kindergarten through 8th grade, it’s your worst nightmare.
From the “School News” section of the Cambridge Chronicle, about the only thing this school is missing is hot tofu and edamame school lunches, lacto-ovo desserts, and self-pedal school buses (ie., bikes):

Fayerweather celebrates Pride
Fayerweather Street School’s annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Pride Day began with a spirited parade of home-made floats, complete with costumed marchers tossing beads, trinkets and rainbow flags to the audience.
Tossing Mardi Gras beads is a tradition at the Fayerweather parade. But this year, after learning about unfair labor practices in the bead factories in China, the children did the stringing themselves – more than 300 bracelets.

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Fayerweather: Official School of Liberal Thumbsuckers

Following the opening parade, students, faculty and parents applauded the kindergarten performance of a play about two daddy penguins that want to have a family. Several classrooms presented reflections on gender, dignity and pride in verse and song.
Featured guest speaker at the morning assembly was State Sen. Jarrett Barrios, D-Cambridge. Barrios, who has two adopted sons, spoke about some of the challenges he and his partner face as a two-dad family.
More about the school’s anti-bias curriculum can be found at fayerweather.org.

We wonder if long-term studies have been done on how many psychotics, bizarros, and masochists this school has produced. We’d bet there’s a high correlation.
And don’t even think about dating a Fayerweather grad. Something about even fairweather friends being better than Fayerweather friends. No doubt.

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10 Responses

So, did you actually visit this school? Are your comments based on observed facts? I’d like someone to point out one of the “psychotics, bizarros or masochists” that graduated from this school.
Here is a documented fact: The vast majority of students who have gone through this 40 year old school are highly successful, highly educated, productive, powerful, and wonderful people who have a much healthier, more normal and happier outlook on life than Debbie Schlussel, who appears to thrive on targeting those she feels threatened by. Who is the bizarro here? It is obviously the narcissistic, way over made-up (as in “I am so insecure that I must hide my real face behind Maybelline), small-minded, little person who wrote such tripe with out even substantiating her facts.
Oy vey, is right.

Martha on March 4, 2007 at 7:03 pm

I am actually a recent graduate of the Fayerweather Street School (class of 2010 woohoo!). I can only speak from personal experience, but Fayerweather was the best experience of my life, I met a group of kind supportive people who treated everybody with respect. I’m legitimately sorry that you might convince even one student not to go there. I’m also sorry that you mind the fact that we don’t hate gay people and we don’t like the exploitation of forigen workers. As far as I know, no one from Fayerweather is a psychopath :)

Alec on November 3, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I too am a recent graduate of Fayerweather Street School (2009!), and I’m honestly quite astonished at how warped your perspective is. As Alec said, Fayerweather is a really wonderful school, and the fact that we don’t censor education and awareness concerning homosexuality is a strength, not a weakness. One in every 10 people are a member of the LGBT community. Yeah, that’s something like thirty million Americans. So please stop making a fool out of yourself. Stop promoting bigotry and social ignorance, and excuse us when we choose to do otherwise.

Sophia on November 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I’m still in Fayerweather, and even I can’t believe your ignorance and bigotry. If you have a problem with people being able to chose who to love, you’re the real psychotic. And I’m sure that if you visited the school, you would find a group of caring people, who are active in the political and social community. And the fact that we can care about people who are different than us or those who have been exploited, or those we haven’t even met yet – is that a weakness? If such a school has been up and running very well for the past 40 + years, I suggest you check out our viewpoint yourself. Sounds like you could use it.

Steph on November 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm

“….Psychotics, bizarros, and masochists” come for the most part from environments where they (the aformentioned crazy people) are restrained, restricted, or judged. Because of Fayerweather’s open minded attitude and their sadly unique and rare message of love and peace, children are brought up not to hate but to treat all with respect. As a Fayerweather student the group of people I struggle personally the most with respecting is those who make ignorant and unknowing judgments and offensive comments, which is what this article seems to do.

What is the problem with children not being prejudiced? If you are interested in writing a follow up article and visiting the school, please contact Fayerweather. I, for one, would be more than happy to host any person who is willing to engage in respectful and intelligent conversation, and who is able to act adult–i.e. no name calling.

Off to eat my tasty cold tofu from Whole Foods (elitist food market—did you know that they *gasp* have hired Muslims???! Clearly Al Queda supporters!)

-Signed, A Proud and Enthusiastic Liberal Thumbsucker

Maggie on November 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I completely agree with what Maggie has said. If you’d like to come visit our school and find a pleasant community filled with caring people, go ahead. If you’d like to chastise our school for teaching the world tolerance, one person at a time, go ahead. But know that you are quite possibly on the wrong side of the fence. As well, I have a few things to say about your statement, “And don’t even think about dating a Fayerweather grad.” Wouldn’t it be nice if people dated considerate, tolerant, and loving people? People who knew that sometimes, some people make the world an unfriendly place, but there are others who can make it better?
    I currently go to Fayerweather, and every year at the LGBT All-School Meeting, I’m proud to see children as young as six or seven being taught that whatever sexuality a person is, they’re still a person. But are they really being taught that? I think rather they are growing into that belief, that because of the caring community Fayerweather provides, they are realizing for themselves how to make the world a better place.

    Izzy on November 9, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Also a recent graduate (class of 2009) and having attended the school for ten years, I find your views quite appalling. You allege that Fayerweather produces “psychotics, bizarros, and masochists,” yet you give no reasonable evidence for this. Support of LGBT rights, something you clearly regard with disdain, does not correlate with nor cause mental instability, disability, or masochism. I would venture to say that the vast majority of students that have attended FSS in fact become the exact opposite–thoughtful, caring individuals.
As for your less-inflammatory-yet-still-ungrounded statements, maybe you should visit the school. The school doesn’t provide lunch for students, so I believe edamame, tofu, and health-concious desserts lose any relevance. As for “self-pedal school buses (ie., bikes),” you should probably re-evaluate that statement. Once again, FSS does not provide bus transport, because it operates as an independent school, separate from the public school system. More importantly, however, riding a bike to school benefits everyone, especially the rider, given the current obesity problem. Anyone that argues with that might as well start eating only McDonald’s.
As for it’s “anti-bias curriculum,” I don’t understand why that poses a threat. Because you can’t demonize someone whom you deem less than yourself? As the grand-daughter of Holocaust survivors, you of all should people should understand the inarguable malevolence of what you preach. Your grandparents suffered at the hands of a horrid, fascist regime discriminating against them because of their religion. And what do you do? Discriminate, but not only against religion. Against sexual orientation and political ideology, among other things. Maybe Hitler will give you a medal for your good work if you ask nicely.

Flamingly, liberally, and thumbsucking-ly yours,
Neil

Neil on November 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Miss, you truly have a warped sense of judgment. I have friends that go there, and they don’t go crazy and kill all those who aren’t gay, lesbian, or otherwise different then them. And thumb sucking is never a problem as long as children learn to grow out of it. It helps them calm down and make sense of a confusing predicament or new situation. You must really be prejudiced and confused to even think of writing this, let alone publishing it online.

Dorothy on November 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm

First off, I’d like to say that several of my closest friends go to this school, and many of the important people in my life are gay/lesbian. Opinions like yours are the very things that cause homosexual/bisexual suicide attempts. Are you so small minded and insecure that you choose to hide yourself behind grotesque makeup and pick on everyone who is different than you? Anti-bias programs in schools teach children to respect and embrace other ways of life (wouldn’t it be a boring world if we were all alike?), and clearly should have been part of the curriculum in whichever school you attended.

Mimi on November 25, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I go to Fayerweather and I have found that its an incredible school for tolerant people (obviously not you) teaching tolerance will eventually make the world have less wars and more peace. So If you want war that’s fine.

sara on November 27, 2010 at 4:48 pm

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