Anyone else sick of what should be normal being called privilege?
A student at a Whangārei primary school had to stand up in front of their classroom and say what they had done to acknowledge their white privilege. . .
When did it become okay for teachers to be so political?
And when did what ought to be normal become privilege?
That’s normal as in being a child with parents who love each other and their children; living in a family where parents set boundaries and impose consequences when they’re breached; having a warm, clean home where there’s enough food.
That isn’t privilege. It’s what should be normal for all children and has nothing to do with ethnicity.
Calling it privilege, with or without the qualifier white, is a political construct.
It takes no account of effort and will.
It carries the message that where you are and what you have is all due to circumstances beyond control..
It is behaviour that would be punished if a child subjected another to it in the playground and it has no place in a classroom.
To make a child stand in front of a class and speak like that is bullying that should not be tolerated at school, let alone from a teacher who is in a position of power to a pupil who is not.