As a class assignment, a Florida middle school Spanish teacher had her students fill out a “privilege form” entitled, “How much privilege do you have?”
The privilege form asked students to select what race they were; what color their skin was; what religion they identified with; what their sexual orientation was; what their sex was; what gender they identified with; and whether they had any disabilities.
On the privilege form, under sexual orientation, students could select one of the following: straight, homosexual (gay or lesbian), bisexual, asexual, or pansexual. Under gender, students could select cisgender, transgendered, or genderqueer. Under sex, male, female, and intersex were listed as options.
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Not surprisingly, parents were outraged over the privilege form assignment, which was given to 7th and 8th graders by a Spanish teacher at Monroe Junior High School in Tampa, Florida.
One parent Regina Stiles told WTSP regarding her 7th grade daughter who brought home the assignment: “She’s 12. Some of these things should be taught at home.”
WTSP reported that the school did not approve the “privilege” assignment, and that the teacher had generated this form herself:
After Stiles along with several other angry parents questioned the principal, he launched an investigation.
“This is not a district form, this is a teacher-generated form and it was without principal consent and at the district level we do not collect that information,” says Hillsborough County School Spokesperson Tanya Arja.
The students weren’t required to turn in the forms. The teacher says the goal was to teach them about diversity and inequality through literature the students had been reading.
The teacher has since been pulled from the classroom while the district looks into the issue. This is her first year in the Hillsborough County School District.
Stiles told WTSP that this form had nothing to do with learning Spanish. She said of the teacher, “You’re here to teach my child a foreign language, not anything else.”