pjvj (pjvj) wrote,

The Original Privilege exercise behind the cut

Some things have been changed or eliminated in the blog meme. Computers and cell phones were in the original exercise and no-one had a home computer and cell phones didn't exist when I was a kid/college age. But for fairness sake,

Step into Social Class

A Social Class Awareness Experience

Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka

Indiana State University

© 2007

Introduction: An activity designed to help the participants gain awareness of the vast range of social class that exists within themselves and others.


A big room with space to move for all participants

Chairs to sit for discussion


Pay attention to how you feel. Angry, sad, happy, winner, loser . . .

No talking – we will talk about this a lot when it is over

Line up here and take a step forward of about 1 (one) foot or one foot length

When you were in college:

If your father went to college, take a step forward.

If your father finished college

If your mother went to college

If your mother finished college

If you have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.

If you were the same or higher class than your high school teachers

If you had a computer at home

If you had your own computer at home

If you had more than 50 books at home

If you had more than 500 books at home

If were read children's books by a parent

If you ever had lessons of any kind

If you had more than two kinds of lessons

If the people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively

If you had a credit card with your name on it

If you have less than $5000 in student loans

If you have no student loans

If you went to a private high school

If you went to summer camp

If you had a private tutor

If you have been to Europe

If your family vacations involved staying at hotels

If all of your clothing has been new and bought at the mall

If your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them

If there was original art in your house

If you had a phone in your room

If you lived in a single family house

If your parent own their own house or apartment

If you had your own room

If you participated in an SAT/ACT prep course

If you had your own cell phone in High School

If you had your own TV in your room in High School

If you opened a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College

If you have ever flown anywhere on a commercial airline

If you ever went on a cruise with your family

If your parents took you to museums and art galleries

If you were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.
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