Virginia school teaches military children that they come from ‘privilege’

Screenshot from an approved FCPS English Curriculum

A beltway county school in Virginia is teaching “military kids” that they are “privileged,” just one of many boxes in what has been referred to as “privilege bingo.”

Fairfax County Public Schools has been having their students play the bizarre game.

Several of the blocks in privilege bingo include:

-Being white

-Being male

-Being heterosexual 

-Being employed

-Being cisgender

-Being mentally healthy

-Having both parents

Curiously, being a “military kid” is also a criterion for the privilege.

A screenshot of the bingo card created a bit of ire with parents, who reached out to Assistant Superintendent Douglas A. Tyson, who gave the following statement:

“The screen shot you reference comes from an approved FCPS English Curriculum lesson that is centered around students selecting a ‘choice’ test and examining in detail the author’s perspective on a wide-range [sic] of issues. Students are asked, in the lesson, to read critically and think critically about the author’s perspective on several fronts including the author’s privilege that may or may not be present in the work. Students are then asked independently and self reflectively to juxtapose their thoughts regarding any perceived privilege they think they may have and how they would potentially rewrite portions of the text. Students are not asked or required to report out their self-reflections. This lesson is an adept vehicle to push student thinking to challenge the author’s thoughts/conclusions and to sharpen their ability to critically lead selected texts.”

According to the Daily Wire, Fairfax County has a large number of military families and collects supplemental funding for educating military families.

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