Saturday, January 26, 2008

What Privileges Do You Have

As seen on Lintefiniel Musing.

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. Bold the true statements.
1. Father went to college. (and graduate school)
2. Father finished college. (and graduate school)
3. Mother went to college. (and graduate school)
4. Mother finished college. (and graduate school. In fact, I'm third generation Master's Degree on my mother's side)
5. Have any relative who is/was an attorney, physician, or professor.
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.
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.
(Piano, flute; Hebrew)
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18. (see above)
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)
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18. (Not when I was a small child, but as I got older more and more of it was new)
21. Your parents grandmother bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them her.
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. (My kids will not have a phone in their room as a matter of principle.)
27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course. (No need)
28. Had your own TV in your room in high school. (My kids will not have a TV in their room. This is not a matter of money but principle.)
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. (Overnight boat from Norway to England)
32. Went on more than one cruise with your family. (Do river cruises count?)
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.
(Ok, I didnt know the exact dollar amount, but I knew they were expensive and that's why the heat was set at 68 in the winter. Any why I feel very luxurious setting my own heater at 71 in the winter.)

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