A high school in Oregon has many parents angry after students in one class were assigned a “White Privilege Survey.”
According to KATU, the assignment was for a Literature Composition class at Aloha High School. The survey had students responded to statements such as, “I can be in the company of people of my race most of the time,” “I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me” and “I am never asked to speak for all the people in my racial group.”
Students were to score the statements from 0-5, 0 if the statement is seldom true, and 5 if the statement is often true. At the end students get a subtotal that evaluates “white privilege.”
One of the angry parents to comment on this was Jason Schmidt, who has a son in the class.
“I think he should be learning actual education and not be a part of some social experiment or some teacher’s political agenda.”
“With the amount of money we pay for schools, they should be educating, not indoctrinating our students about the latest political fad or political agenda a teacher wants to get across,” Schmidt added.
Despite angered parents, school officials defended the assignment.
Maureen Wheeler, the Beaverton School District spokeswoman, told NWCN “The survey is just one activity that engages students in exploring this area.”
Wheeler said the class was meant for students to explore social issues such as race, class and sexuality, with the aim of having students “gain empathy, understanding and to build bridges.”
According to College Board, an English Literature and Composition course is designed to help stdudents “engage in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen the understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers.” Nowhere does this description include exploring social issues.
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