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The Original Privilege exercise behind the cut

Some things have been changed or eliminated in the blog meme. Computers and cell phones were in the original exercise and no-one had a home computer and cell phones didn’t exist when I was a kid/college age. But for fairness sake,

Step into Social Class

A Social Class Awareness Experience

Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka

Indiana State University

© 2007

Introduction: An activity designed to help the participants gain awareness of the vast range of social class that exists within themselves and others.

Equipment:

A big room with space to move for all participants

Chairs to sit for discussion

Rules:

Pay attention to how you feel. Angry, sad, happy, winner, loser . . .

No talking – we will talk about this a lot when it is over

Line up here and take a step forward of about 1 (one) foot or one foot length

When you were in college:

If your father went to college, take a step forward.

If your father finished college

If your mother went to college

If your mother finished college

If you have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.

If you were the same or higher class than your high school teachers

If you had a computer at home

If you had your own computer at home

If you had more than 50 books at home

If you had more than 500 books at home

If were read children’s books by a parent

If you ever had lessons of any kind

If you had more than two kinds of lessons

If the people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively

If you had a credit card with your name on it

If you have less than $5000 in student loans

If you have no student loans

If you went to a private high school

If you went to summer camp

If you had a private tutor

If you have been to Europe

If your family vacations involved staying at hotels

If all of your clothing has been new and bought at the mall

If your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them

If there was original art in your house

If you had a phone in your room

If you lived in a single family house

If your parent own their own house or apartment

If you had your own room

If you participated in an SAT/ACT prep course

If you had your own cell phone in High School

If you had your own TV in your room in High School

If you opened a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College

If you have ever flown anywhere on a commercial airline

If you ever went on a cruise with your family

If your parents took you to museums and art galleries

If you were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.

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5 comments on “The Original Privilege exercise behind the cut

  1. This is different in a lot of ways from the one i did..so I’m doing this version here. 🙂 I’d say solidly middle class, but then again, that’s not what our income bracket said, just how we were raised.

    When you were in college:

    If your father went to college, take a step forward. Nope

    If your father finished college nope

    If your mother went to college yup

    If your mother finished college yup

    If you have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor. nope

    If you were the same or higher class than your high school teachers yup

    If you had a computer at home (in college yes, but only the second time when I was in my late 20’s)

    If you had your own computer at home nope

    If you had more than 50 books at home, yup

    If you had more than 500 books at home, yup

    If were read children’s books by a parent yup

    If you ever had lessons of any kind yup

    If you had more than two kinds of lessons nope

    If the people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively (dunno, i’m a middle class polyamorous witch..probably not)

    If you had a credit card with your name on it (in college, yes)

    If you have less than $5000 in student loans yes

    If you have no student loans nope

    If you went to a private high school nope

    If you went to summer camp nope

    If you had a private tutor yes, when i was homeschooled for a year in high school, but i don’t think that counts, I was in a group home.

    If you have been to Europe nope

    If your family vacations involved staying at hotels yup

    If all of your clothing has been new and bought at the mall nope

    If your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
    (does borrowing the down payment from my dad count?)
    If there was original art in your house Nope

    If you had a phone in your room yup

    If you lived in a single family house- most of the time

    If your parent own their own house or apartment (yes, most of the time)

    If you had your own room (yup)

    If you participated in an SAT/ACT prep course (nope-I did however sleep through half the SAT and scored an 1110)

    If you had your own cell phone in High School (nope-but they didn’t exist yet)

    If you had your own TV in your room in High School (nope, but I had one in elementary and middle school)

    If you opened a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College (yup, but only after i was in my late 20’s and back in college the second time)

    If you have ever flown anywhere on a commercial airline – yup

    If you ever went on a cruise with your family nope

    If your parents took you to museums and art galleries nope

    If you were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family. yup

    All in all, I’d still say solidly middle class…

    • I still am solidly privileged, too, with this version – though no computer or cell phone don’t even count. As to your answer to this one:

      If the people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively (dunno, i’m a middle class polyamorous witch..probably not)

      Were you a polyamorous witch right out of high school? This was designed for freshman in college and you are supposed to answer for that time in your life. :P~

  2. Silly question but what exactly does this mean?

    if you were the same or higher class than your high school teachers

    Perhaps if I have no clue it wasn’t important and we were all on a similar playing field?

    • If you put people into lower, middle and upper class – were you in the same class or a higher class than your teachers? If they were middle class were you middle or upper? Yes = bold. If you were lower class, No = no bold.

      Sorry if I over-explained it.

      • Nah you didn’t over explain it. I just couldn’t fathom it for the life of me. I guess that put us all in the same class if I have no clue. I came from a solid middle to upper-middle class area and the teachers were from surrounding areas. So I guess we were all from the same class.

        Oy that was taking the long way around for an answer! LOL

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