Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Priviledge

Priviledge

I got this from Zoo Full of Boys.

Bold the ones that are true for you.
The list is based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. The exercise developers ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright.

If you post this in your blog, please leave a comment on this post. To participate in this blog game, copy and paste the above list into your blog, and bold the items that are true for you. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to post your responses in the comments.

Father went to college
Father finished college (I am guessing here. I am not certain whether he finished, and when he was in the Navy.)
Mother went to college
Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers (What do they mean here?)
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
Were read children’s books by a parent (Once or twice by my dad, and by older siblings)
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively.
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
Went to a private high school (I went to a private SDA school for grades 1 to 10, then public high for last two years.
Went to summer camp
Had a private tutor before you turned 18
Family vacations involved staying at hotels-I remember Disneyland twice.
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down
There was original art in your house when you were a child- my mother's.
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
You and your family lived in a single family house- all 8 of us at one point.
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
You had your own room as a child Only after all older sibs moved out- I think I was 11 when I got my own room.
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
Had your own TV in your room in High School
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 - Disneyland
Went on a cruise with your family
Went on more than one cruise with your family
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up- nope, but my big sister did.
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family


Now to answer for my kids. Some answers are predcitions
Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college
Mother finished college

Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor- one deceased uncle on their father's side was a college professor.
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers since we homeschool. ;)
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
Were read children’s books by a parent

Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively-I hope so.
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs. Sigh. I am encouraging them to get great scholarships.
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
Went to a private high school
Went to summer camp
Had a private tutor before you turned 18
Family vacations involved staying at hotels- occasionally

Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down
There was original art in your house when you were a child
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18- no, but they each have cell phone for safety.
You and your family lived in a single family house

Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
You had your own room as a child- they do now, but shared before puberty hit.
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
Had your own TV in your room in High School
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
Went on a cruise with your family
Went on more than one cruise with your family
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family

Very interesting. I hope you take part in this. I found it interesting that there were no statements about being on welfare, or having experienced periods of job loss, etc.
LB

5 comments:

GailV said...

I think the one about "were the same or higher class than your high school teachers" has to do with social/economic class. In other words, were you in the same social class as your teachers, were you in a higher class (maybe richer, more elite) than your teachers, or were your teachers considered to be in a more elite class than you were.

Also, I've noticed that other versions of this meme mention "had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18".

In the classroom everyone would stand in line and step forward according to the answer. You would discuss the concepts of privilege within the context of having done this exercise. I don't think the list is meant to be exhaustive.

Needleroozer said...

Very cool, Gail. This is the first time I have seen this. I think tomorrow, I will have the kids look at this with me, and we can get into the discussion part.
Thanks for stopping by- I love seeing you here!
LB

Cassandra said...

Wow, this was an eye-opening list. Thanks for sharing this.

Blessings to you!

melissa said...

Oh, this is great. You should be proud of this list. Very interesting to see. Thanks for posting this!

Pamela said...

Oo, these are always so very interesting.

Thanks for sharing

As I mentally did mine, I realized how fuzzy I am on many details, sort of "facts" of my child hood....now there's something to ponder...hmm?

I tried to post mine in the comments box, but it wouldn't take any bolding etc, so you wouldn't have been able to really read it. The only ones I could bold were summer camp, multiple lessons, living in a single family home and having my own room. We had books, but I don't know that there were more than 50, or that they were really very good. I don't recall the types of books that I love and cherish now, or the ones that fill my child hood memories. Seems like they were mainly medical and utilitarian. I was a big library fan since before school age. My Dad's Mom read to me and my Mom's Mom took me to Museums.