Horace Mann student Ryan Finlay denounces progressive faculty in op-ed
A student of Horace Mann has denounced in the pages of the renowned private school’s New York newspaper what he says is a culture of bullying by progressive faculty members.
Senior Ryan Finlay has blasted the Tony School for allegedly being intolerant of conservative beliefs and accused students and teachers of “vilifying” those who express more right-wing views.
“[Horace Mann] like so many other academic institutions today, fosters a learning environment that I believe is hostile to those who do not subscribe to progressive politics,” Finlay wrote in The Record, the student newspaper of the school, adding that there was “continued pressure in the classroom to embrace visions of comprehensive societal reform.
“Casual, sanctioned attacks on non-progressive viewpoints are frequently embedded in the courts,” Finlay continued in the June 7 editorial.
Horace Mann is one of the fanciest private schools in New York City, with tuition over $55,000 per year.
Like many private schools in the city, however, the institution was caught up in a revival fever. In the past, the school has partnered with the nonprofit Pollyanna, which has been widely criticized for pushing critical race theory into university curricula. Horace Mann’s school principal Thomas Kelly earned $1.27 million in compensation in 2020, tax records show.
Finlay, the paper’s senior editor and contributor, said students often censor themselves for fear of academic reprisals from out-of-control far-left professors.
“Every classmate I know who isn’t progressive censors themselves in class when discussing current affairs and politics,” Finlay said, reporting that a classmate told him he better simply “lying about what you believe” in class because it was “not worth it” to potentially upset a teacher.
“Overhanging conservative students at HM is the fear of unknowable and arbitrary reprisals from those in power,” Finlay wrote, adding, in a Nixonion fanfare, that the school contained “silent multitudes” of students who felt like him.
The article ended with a plea from Finlay for school leaders to fix toxic school culture.
“I call on the administration to clarify its political expression policy; I call on the administration to actively protect and sanctify diversity of thought; and I call on the administration to disengage from the progressive political agenda that has turned the school into an incubator of prejudice and intellectual intolerance,” he wrote.
Representatives for Horace Mann did not respond to The Post’s request for comment.