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Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Toni Jones has repeatedly said that the district doesn’t teach Critical Race Theory (CRT)… despite the fact that it has been present in the high school Sociology Curriculum Guide since 2014, according to the results of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
So it should probably not be a surprise that the GHS Sociology homework this week is all about privilege.
Specifically, white privilege.Students were first asked to consider their own privileges in this homework assignment. Then they were asked to do an independent exploration on privilege and race where they had to choose between watching the videos, “How White Privilege Works” and “White Privilege, Systemic Racism Explained” or reading the classic CRT article from Peggy McIntosh, “
Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” which ends with the challenge of “having described white privilege, what will I do to end it?" Then students had to answer the following questions:
1. What is white privilege?
2. What are some of the examples of white privilege given? Identify at least 5.
3. What is systemic racism? Can you think of an example from your own life?
4. Do you see examples of white privilege in YOUR everyday life (for yourself or for other people)? Identify 2 examples.
5. What is your overall reaction to what you read/saw? Write 2-3 complete sentences.
The last part of the assignment asked students to consider all of the things they have read and talked about so far in this unit, including: white privilege, implicit bias, self-fulfilling prophecies, race as a social construct, and the
A Class Divided experiment. Students were told “these topics can be heavy” and then they were asked to free write 6-8 sentences as an "opportunity to process” their "thoughts and feelings” about the unit.
At least the coursework is following the curriculum guide — and if it continues to follow the curriculum guide, the final unit will be on Gender Inequality.
Some of the topics that will be addressed in that unit include: the impact of gender role socialization on the perpetuation of traditional gender roles, gender identity and the media, sexual orientation (including transgenderism), and LGBTQ rights. The unit resource list includes an article about a J.Crew advertisement that was described as “planting the seeds for gender identity” by psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow in 2015. And another item on the resource list is from a group called “tolerance.org”… which is just a redirect to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Learning for Justice” arm.
An even 'heavier' topic might be lack of responsibility in the perpetual victim group.
A clear-cut racist curriculum.
Hmmm...tough assignment. It would be much easier to find examples of black privilege and systemic racism.