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Parents Upset After High School Assignment Has Students Rate Their Privilege

Parents Upset After High School Assignment Has Students Rate Their Privilege

“Jewish, for instance, was rated as the most privileged religion . . . .”

Jewish students were told to add 25 points because Judaism is the most privileged religion. When do parents start suing over this type of garbage?

The Daily Gazette reports:

‘Privilege’ scorecard stirs angst in Saratoga Springs

A class exercise asking students at Saratoga Springs High School to score their privileged status raised concerns among parents worried about the assignment’s underlying message and the use of offensive words.

Parents said it was harmful to have students score themselves on factors like “attractiveness,” “disability” and race, potentially reinforcing negative feelings, and some argued the assignment and the teacher unfairly singled out white male students as especially privileged.

“When we looked at that form, we felt a lot of terms on there could really be offensive to a lot of kids,” said a parent whose son was given the assignment. The parent didn’t want to be named out of concern it would draw attention to the parent’s children. “I felt like this lesson being pushed in the classroom is being more divisive than bringing kids together.”

The activity, copies of which were posted to social media last week, asked students to score how privileged they are: add 25 points if you are white, add 25 points if you are male, add 20 points if you are straight; subtract 100 points if you are black, subtract 50 points if you are female, subtract 150 points if you are gay.

At the end of the survey, students scoring negative 100 points or less were considered “very disprivileged,” while students who scored above 100 points were told to “check it daily” — as in check their privilege daily.

The worksheet also included outdated and offensive words and point tallies that appeared to play on cultural stereotypes. Jewish, for instance, was rated as the most privileged religion, earning a student 25 points compared to five points of privilege for a Christian student. A Muslim student lost 50 points under the activity.

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I’m glad I attended HS in the 50s. I honestly couldn’t have cared less about my grades for any subject I didn’t like and if faced with this sort of garbage would likely have inscribed my name, awarded myself 500 (maybe 5000) points and turned in the paper otherwise unmarked. Of course in the 50s even if a teacher was a member of CPUSA there would not have been an assignment like this.

“Privilege” does not exist ex nihilo. It had to start somewhere with some people.

I have no problem with others admitting to the world that my ancestors were more apt, more intelligent, more able, more sophisticated, and much more likely to come out on the winning side of any conflict with their ancestors. If they want to take it back 50 years, 500 years or 5,000 years I am up for that. The better team apparently won the privilege game and took home the trophy. The 2nd place team took home — well — 2nd place.

If they say the game was rigged, then my ancestors were smarter than theirs and figured out how to rig the game and theirs didn’t. If they say my ancestors were more savage than theirs then that means theirs were weaker than mine. If they say there were more of mine, then that means that mine were simply better at understanding how to use the environment and technology to sustain a greater population. If they say that my ancestors were better geographically situated that means that they were better realtors, able to find and hold superior territory. If they say my ancestors had bigger, badder, and more destructive weapons that means than their ancestors were probably stuck in a stone-age existence for 5,000 years past their time.

No matter how you slice it… they are making the claim for me that their ancestors could not quite hack it when it came to competition for the “privilege” of being on top. They were weaker, ineffective, and overall a fine example of Darwinism in action. Seems to me as if they are pointing the “finger of blame” at the wrong set of ancestors. I’d suggest they have a heartfelt talk with their grandma and grandpa and ask them why great-great-great-grandpas and grandmas were so pitiful and sucked in the game of life while ours were highly intelligent, creative, and resilient.

Now understand that ~this~ is how ~they~ see the world. This is what ~they~ are admitting happened. Unless, of course, they want to somehow claim that “privilege” just happened along one day from out of nowhere and someone picked it up off the ground and has been using it ever since. Should be an interesting and amusing read.

The Friendly Grizzly | April 20, 2019 at 5:49 pm

“Very disprivileged”? If a school is coming up with words and phrases like this, it is no wonder the children of today can’t make themselves understood.

The concept of privilege is just a thin mask for bigotry against the allegedly privileged. The left gets more bigoted by the day, it seems.

One wonders how survivors of Auschwitz and their descendants feel about their privilege.

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