“Privilege” is too touchy a topic for parents in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, a mostly affluent, mostly white town, reports Annysa Johnson for KHOU. After a Martin Luther King Day exercise — a “privilege aptitude test” — offended parents, Superintendent Roger Rindo said future assemblies will stick with “teaching diversity.” Teachers will be allowed to discuss privilege, when relevant, with proper context. Some parents disagree. “I don’t know how you can have a discussion about rac
Imagine schools and colleges without grades, writes Mark Barnes in Education Week. “Imagine classrooms where teachers never place numbers, letters, percentages, or other labels on students’ work; where report cards don’t exist; and where the GPA has gone the way of the dinosaur.” Doug Lemov doesn’t see Utopia. He sees aristocracy. Also stupidity. Evaluations allow talented students to rise, Lemov writes. “When there is no grounds to judge, the elites” win all the goodies. “An
If a certain snowflake gets his/her/its/their way, being intelligent will be the next thing you should feel guilty about: The Daily Iowan revealed the discovery of this new privilege earlier this week.
Garden-variety white privilege “is an important topic that deserves a public discussion,” the op-ed on “cognitive privilege” explains, but it is also “prudent to at least mention the wider concept contained therein: that of privilege itself.”
Privilege in general is “the receip
A “language of privilege” excludes those not born to the educated classes, writes Robert Pondiscio,in response to New York Times columnist David Brooks’ “prosciutto-handed tale” of social barriers to upward mobility. “Language is a cultural artifact, filled with assumed knowledge, allusions, and idioms that are a reflection of the culture that built, uses, and sustains it,” writes Pondiscio. It can be taught. But the idea that American schools should explicitly familiarize ch
Elite colleges admit young elitists,writes Naomi Schaefer Riley is a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum in the New York Post. Then they lecture the rest of us about “privilege.” Ziad Ahmed, a senior at Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ, who got into Stanford after he answered the application question, “What matters to you, and why?” by writing “Black Lives Matter” 100 times. He provided no explanation, saying “The insistence on an explanation is inherently deh