The teacher says the goal was to teach them about diversity and inequality.
Parents are outraged after their children had to fill out a form titled “How privileged are you?” during a Spanish class for seventh and eighth graders at Monroe Middle School.
At the top, the form asked, “How privileged are you?” Students had to circle selections for race, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation and disability.
One mother said when her 12-year-old daughter came to the “Disability” column, she had to reveal that she had ADHD. “The teacher had said there are some kids in this class that have ADHD, and ADHD is a mental illness, and that’s why she circled that. To me ADHD is not a mental disability. It’s something she has,” says Stiles.
Other sections included religion and gender where kids were asked to circle “Cisgender,” “Transgender” or “GenderQueer.”
After several angry parents questioned the principal, he launched an investigation.
“This is not a district form, this is a teacher-generated form and it was without principal consent and at the district level we do not collect that information,” says Hillsborough County School Spokesperson Tanya Arja.
The teacher has since been pulled from the classroom while the district looks into the issue. This is her first year in the Hillsborough County School District.
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