A California school district reportedly went into damage control mode after the Daily Signal called it out for lessons that told high school students they are the beneficiaries of privilege if they are Christian, male, or straight.
What are the details?
The Desert Sands Unified School District in La Quinta, which is in Riverside County, said it was taking “corrective” measures after the lessons came to light, the outlet said.
"The lesson was not in alignment with the district-adopted curriculum” and “actions are being taken to rectify the situation," the district told the Daily Signal in a statement, adding that "the teacher was operating outside the scope of [the] adopted curriculum and had potentially presented a biased position. Corrective action is underway.”
The outlet said it hasn't been able to identify which teacher used the lesson.
District parent Celeste Fiehler posted the lesson in the Facebook group Informed Parents of California after another parent told her about it, the Daily Signal said.
What do the materials say?
The outlet said pages from lessons dated Nov. 15 to 19 tell students if they “don’t have to think about it, it’s a privilege.”
“If you can use public bathrooms without stares, fear, or anxiety, you have cisgender privilege,” one graphic reads, the Daily Signal reported, adding that another graphic reads, "If, while growing up, college was an expectation of you, not a lofty dream, you have class privilege.”
Fiehler said in her Facebook post that the material was used in a ninth-grade English class in which students were told “no cellphones allowed," the outlet said.
“Wonder why,” she added in her post, according to the Daily Signal.
The outlet said neither La Quinta High School nor Desert Sands Unified School District immediately responded to its requests for comment.
Don't forget about white privilege!
The Daily Signal said the lesson plans appear to be from a 2014 University of San Francisco Intercultural Center campaign with messages such as:
- "If you can expect time off from work to celebrate your religious holidays, you have Christian privilege;"
- “If you’re confident that police exist to protect you, you have white male privilege;"
- “If you cannot be legally fired from work because of your perceived sexuality, you have heterosexual privilege."
'Propaganda of these diversity, equity, and inclusion folks'
Such lesson plans and visual messages “reduce human beings and children to the lowest common denominator,” Asra Nomani, vice president for strategy and investigations with the grassroots education organization Parents Defending Education, told the outlet.
She added to the Daily Signal that "a child who happens to grow up with an expectation of college should not be shamed. A child who grows up heterosexual should not be made to feel like they are carrying some kind of privilege.”
Nomani also told the outlet "what's so ironic is that these posters negate the entire philosophy of honoring a person’s ‘lived experience,’ [which is part of] the propaganda of these diversity, equity, and inclusion folks. All it does is erase human beings and reduce them to labels."