It’s hard to believe, but most of us reading this are some of the most privileged people on the planet. You may not always feel like it, but in comparison with most people in the world you are. The fact that you have access to a computer and internet sets you way ahead of the curve.
But privilege can be a hard thing to understand. One high school teacher found a creative and powerful way to make sure his students got the message.
One high school teacher decided to teach his class about privilege, so he made a simple exercise. First, all the students received a piece of paper and crumpled it into a ball
Then, the recycling bin was placed in front of the classroom
“You represent the country’s population, and everyone has the chance to become wealthy and reach the upper class”
“All you must do is throw your paper balls into the bin while sitting in your seats”
Of course, students in the back of the room had it worse than the ones in front, and complained about this unfairness
Everyone threw their ball and many (not all) students in the front made it, and only a few in the back made it, as expected
“The closer you were to the recycling bin, the better your odds: this is privilege. Did you notice how the only ones who complained were in the back of the room?”
“But people in front of room were less likely to be aware of their privilege. They only saw 10 feet between them and their goal”
“You are students receiving an education, and your job is to be aware of your privilege. Use this privilege called ‘education’ to try to achieve great things, but also to advocate for those who are behind you.”