A California school system is walking back a lesson that was given to students discussing the “privilege” of “Christian, straight, males.” Perhaps the worst part of the lesson is that teachers apparently knew it was controversial and told students that no cell phones were allowed during the lesson, in an attempt to cover up what they were teaching. Mary Margaret Olohan reports in the Daily Signal:
A school district in La Quinta, California, said it is taking “corrective” action over ideological lecture materials that tell high school students they are inherently privileged if they are Christian, straight, or male.
Following requests for comment from The Daily Signal, Desert Sands Unified School District public information officer Mary Perry said “the lesson was not in alignment with the district-adopted curriculum” and “actions are being taken to rectify the situation.”
“The teacher was operating outside the scope of [the] adopted curriculum and had potentially presented a biased position,” Perry said. “Corrective action is underway.”
The Daily Signal so far has not been able to determine which teacher or teachers used or wrote the lecture materials.
Graphics included in the lecture materials for Nov. 15 to 19 warn students that if they “don’t have to think about it, it’s a privilege.”
“If you can use public bathrooms without stares, fear, or anxiety, you have cisgender privilege,” reads one graphic.
Another graphic says: “If, while growing up, college was an expectation of you, not a lofty dream, you have class privilege.”
Desert Sands Unified School District parent Celeste Fiehler posted the lesson plans in the Facebook group Informed Parents of California after another parent made her aware of the ideological content.
Fiehler said in her Facebook post that the materials were used in a ninth grade English class, noting that students were told “no cellphones allowed.”
“Wonder why,” she added in her post.
Fiehler told The Daily Signal on Tuesday that the lesson plans were from an Advanced Placement English class at La Quinta High School, but is unsure which teacher or teachers gave the lectures.
La Quinta High School did not immediately respond to The Daily Signal’s request for comment.
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