This meme is to help examine privileges/social class. I got it from Miss Teacha’s blog. 18 of them are bolded for me — over half. I never felt privileged growing up, due to growing up middle class in a very upper middle class, if not wealthy, small town. So…there you have it.

From What Privileges Do You Have?, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright. To participate, bold the items that apply to you.

1. Father went to college
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college
4. Mother finished college (Master’s Degree in Special Ed)

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers. (Same)
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.

8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.
9. Were read children’s books by a parent.
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively.

13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18.
14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs.
15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
16. Went to a private high school
17. Went to summer camp
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels (sometimes, but not always)
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child
23. You and your family lived in a single-family house
24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
25. You had your own room as a child
26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18

27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course
28. Had your own TV in your room in high school
29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college
30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
31. Went on a cruise with your family
32. Went on more than one cruise with your family
33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up.
34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.

ms-teacher had this posted on her blog.

This is VERY interesting. I wonder how many of these would apply to my students. I’m guessing for most of them, not many on the list would. It’s kinda strange…b/c many times they complain about not having any money, but then they all have Air Jordans (Air Forces), expensive baggy jeans, and the like. Hmph.

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