Wisconsin Middle School Gives Students "Privilege Test"

"My child doesn't know what that means and she's 13."

Parents at a Wisconsin middle school are upset after their kids were given a "privilege test" that they feel was inappropriate, a local Fox affiliate reports.

150 eighth graders at Badger Middle School in West Bend, Wisconsin were given the 55-question test on sexuality, race, religion, disabilities, and other topics, designed to start a classroom conversation about privilege. Statements like "I feel comfortable in the gender I was born in" and "My family and I have never lived below the poverty line" were presented to the students with boxes to check for those which applied to them. Parents felt that it was wrong for the age group, and wrong for the setting. 

Kim Goldman's 13 year-old seventh grader wasn't given the test, but the schoolwide controversy meant that the topics were being discussed outside of the eighth grade. She was upset by the statement "I have never been catcalled," saying "My child doesn't know what that means and she's 13," said Goldman. "This is the age they're teaching it? She doesn't know what being catcalled means." She thinks the school is overstepping its boundaries. "As a parent it's my responsibility to teach my children the difference between right and wrong."

 

The school stands by its intention in giving the test, but says it will not do so in the future. Assistant Superintendent Laura Jackson said, "If we want our students to be successful when they go out into their careers in the future, they have to understand that not everyone is like them." By asking them intensely personal questions at school? Leave the parenting to the parents.

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