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Virginia schools tell military kids they have ‘privilege’

Classroom (Wokandapix/Pixabay)
January 19, 2022

Children whose parents are in the military have “privilege,” according to Fairfax County Public Schools curriculum leaked this week.

According to curriculum materials obtained by The Daily Wire and confirmed by a school official on Tuesday, the Virginia county’s curriculum includes a game of “privilege” bingo, where participants are given points by “identifying your privilege.” Among the points of privilege listed are “white,” “Christian,” “cisgender,” “feel safe around police officers,” and “military kid.”

Several parents complained to school officials over the controversial game, noting that military children are frequently moved away from friends, may not see their service-member parents for months, and face the risk of becoming orphans.

Assistant Superintendent Douglas A. Tyson responded to parents’ concerns with the following statement:

The screen shot you reference comes from an approved FCPS English Curriculum lesson that is centered around students selecting a “choice” test and examining in detail the author’s perspective on a wide-range [sic] of issues. Students are asked, in the lesson, to read critically and think critically about the author’s perspective on several fronts including the author’s privilege that may or may not be present in the work. Students are then asked independently and self reflectively to juxtapose their thoughts regarding any perceived privilege they think they may have and how they would potentially rewrite portions of the text. Students are not asked or required to report out their self-reflections. This lesson is an adept vehicle to push student thinking to challenge the author’s thoughts/conclusions and to sharpen their ability to critically lead selected texts.

On Saturday, Glenn Youngkin issued his first executive orders as the new governor of Virginia, including one that bans “inherently divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory.” The order defines “inherently divisive concepts” as “advancing any ideas in violation of Title IV and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

“Political indoctrination has no place in our classrooms. The vast majority of learning in our schools involves imparting critical knowledge and skills in math, science, history, reading and other areas that should be non-controversial. Inherently divisive concepts, like Critical Race Theory and its progeny, instruct students to only view life through the lens of race and presumes that some students are consciously or unconsciously racist, sexist, or oppressive, and that other students are victims,” Youngkin’s order stated. “This denies our students the opportunity to gain important facts, core knowledge, formulate their own opinions, and to think for themselves.”

“Our children deserve far better from their education than to be told what to think,” the order added.