Last week, Jason Schmidt’s son came home from Aloha High School in Oregon with a head-turning English homework assignment.
The assignment, titled “White Privilege Survey,” asked Schmidt’s son to score himself based on the kind of “white privilege” he has.
Schmidt provided a photo of the assignment to Independent Journal Review:
The survey asks the students to rate themselves from a 0 to a 5 on the worksheet. 0 means that it’s never true for them and 5 means that it is often true.
Some of the questions include:
- I can be in the company of people of my race most of the time.
- I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.
- I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the newspaper and see people of my race widely and positively represented.
- I can go into most supermarkets and find the staple foods which fit with my racial/ethnic traditions; I can go into any hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair.
- I can arrange to protect my children (or children from my family) most of the time from people who might mistreat them because of their race.
When Schmidt saw the assignment, he said:
“My first thought was to read the questions. The questions were ridiculous and had no merit. So I reached out to the principal of Aloha High School, but I didn’t receive a response, so I reached out to the media.”
He explained how he feels about the assignment:
“It’s a completely inappropriate use of the education system. This teacher is creating more division in her classroom by having the kids rate their “White Privilege”. Also, it’s not just about that. Now my son has to write a paper on ‘Male Privilege.’
This survey is in itself racist. The questions are absurd. Comparative Literature class is for reading texts, books and poems from other cultures and learning more about them. There are more appropriate ways to spark critical thinking.
Instead this teacher decided to have kids feel awkward and not want to talk. I teach my children to love their neighbor. I also teach them the world owes you nothing. If you want to make it in life, go out there and make it happen.
Surround yourself with positive people to make your dreams become reality. Cowards are the ones who get jealous of others’ success and point fingers to why they don’t have what their neighbor has.”
And then he nailed the school for being a “brainwashing center”:
“The schools have defended the teacher, her teaching methods and the subjects. Ignoring what I have already said about how our schools are failing academically. I feel they only care about turning our children into submissive group thinkers.
Government schools have become nothing more than brain wash centers for group thought. Common Core and the Feds teach to the lowest denominator. I’m so glad that my other 3 children are being home schooled and raised to be free thinkers.”
In the meantime, Schmidt asked for his son to be transferred to a different literature composition class. He said of the switch, “The other class is learning how to apply for colleges, while my son is stuck being subjected to social experiments.”