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California school district pumps brakes on lessons telling students they are privileged

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California school district pumps brakes on lessons telling students they are privileged

Jeremiah Poff January 14, 11:28 AMJanuary 14, 11:48 AM

A California school district is washing its hands of a series of lecture materials that told high school students they were privileged if they were white, straight, Christian, or male.

Desert Sands Unified School District said the lecture materials used at La Quinta High School in La Quinta, California, told students they were privileged if they had certain immutable characteristics that were “not in alignment with the district-adopted curriculum.”

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The lecture material highlighted several examples of “privilege,” noting students had “class privilege” if “while growing up, college was an expectation of you, not a lofty dream,” the Daily Signal, news outlet of the conservative Heritage Foundation, reported.

Another slide said, “If you can expect time off from work to celebrate your religious holidays, you have Christian privilege.” Someone who was “confident that police exist to protect you” had “white male privilege.”

The materials also told students if they “can use public bathrooms without stares, fear or anxiety,” they have “cisgender privilege.”

Each slide contained a series of check boxes that contained one of the “privileged” classes, including “able bodied” and “heterosexual.”

The materials were stamped with a logo from the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit Catholic institution. The Daily Signal reported the materials were from a “2014 campaign by the University of San Francisco’s Intercultural Center” led by psychology professor J. Garrett Walker and marketing professor Sonja Martin Poole.

The Daily Signal reported a parent from the school district had posted the class slides on Facebook, as they were part of a ninth-grade Advanced Placement English class in which students were told they were barred from having cellphones.

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“The teacher was operating outside the scope of [the] adopted curriculum and had potentially presented a biased a spokesperson for Desert Sands Unified School District said in a statement to the Signal. “Corrective action is underway.”

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