Teachers at Oakton High School in he Fairfax County school district, Virginia’s largest, had students participating in a political indoctrination exercise dubbed “Privilege Bingo.” The idea was to convince students of the innate unfairness of an American society which bestows unearned advantages on white, middle class males, among others. The students were told to self-identify their “privilege” as, school administrators huminahumina-ed when caught CRT-handed, “an opportunity to reflect on their own experiences while building their critical thinking skills.”
Suuuure. This is Critical Race Theory-fueled garbage, designed to push children into a mandatory ideological box. Now, if students were asked to write an essay challenging the assumptions inherent in calling each “bingo” square a marker of “privilege,” that might develop their critical thinking skills. Another essay topic might be to identify other individual advantages not included on the obviously slanted list. Let’s see: I’d include “intelligent,” “talented,” “attractive,” “strong,” “Charismatic,” “good character,” “tall,” “confident,” diligent,” industrious,” “law-abiding,” “inter-personal skills,” “intellectually curious,” and “ambitious” just off the top of my head. Those, of course, are not restricted to whites and males, which is probably why they never occurred to the social engineering bullies who devised the “game.” “Privilege Bingo” is a rationalization for defeatism, failure, envy, hostility and divisiveness.
It also is an indefensible waste of teaching time. Every second spent on junk-sociology like this is time not spent on learning skills and substance.
Amusingly, it was the “military kid” square that made the school back down after initially defending the exercise as coming from “an approved Fairfax County Public Schools English curriculum lesson.” Approved by whom? “It’s approved” isn’t a defense, it’s a tautology. (Understanding what a tautology is could be a square!) Military families viewed the reference to them as an unjustified attack, and there are a lot of military families in Fairfax County. One Army veteran whose child attended school in Fairfax County told a local TV station that it is a “difficult thing” to be a military kid. Yes, and it can be a difficult thing being white in a culture that tries to tar you as a purveyor of racism, and tough being a male in school systems that discriminate against boys as, as my son encountered repeatedly.
The backlash from military families prompted the school district to issue a statement saying that it “recognizes and honors the experiences of all our families, including those in service to our country in the military. We have revised this activity. We apologize for any offense it may have unintentionally caused.”
Any parents who trust the same people who inflicted “Privilege Bingo” on their children to “revise the activity” are fools. (“Parents not fools” could be a square!) It doesn’t need to be revised. It needs to be sent to Hell.
Source: Washington Free Beacon