Letter | Racism played no part in my parents’ decision to send me to day school
Racism played no part in my parents’ decision for my brother, sister, and me to have a day school education. In 1949 my parents absorbed a pay cut and moved to an apartment above a store on a busy street after they learned that Cincinnati had begun a day school and Nashville hadn’t.
I grew up in a heavily Jewish neighborhood and was one of 11 in my graduating class. I entered the 7th grade in a class of over 500, almost all Protestant and Jewish as Catholics then overwhelmingly went to parochial schools. Today, I live in a mostly Jewish neighborhood. My six years of public school gave me an education, understanding, and appreciation of non-Jewish Americans that I would not have otherwise had. I feel lucky to have had both an immersive Jewish and secular education.
Paul L. Newman