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class meme thing

As well as responding here, please post links or acknowledgments to http://quakerclass.blogspot.com/2007/11/what-privilege-do-you-have.html

The list is based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. The exercise developers ask that if you participate in this blog game, you acknowledge their copyright.

If you post this in your blog, please leave a comment on this post. To participate in this blog game, copy and paste the above list into your blog, and bold the items that are true for you. If you don't have a blog, feel free to post your responses in the comments.


Father went to college
Father finished college
Mother went to college

Mother finished college
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home

Had more than 500 books in your childhood home (not at one time, but probably more like 1,000 passed through)
Were read children's books by a parent
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
(guitar, piano, tap, and ballet)
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18 (unfortunately)
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
(minus books and supplies)
Went to a private high school
Went to summer camp
Had a private tutor before you turned 18
Family vacations involved staying at hotels
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 (most of my clothes were hand-me-downs from cousins)
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
There was original art in your house when you were a child
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18 (it was shaped like french fries, but was not a separate line or anything. It was just there to say I had it. I hated talking on the phone.)
You and your family lived in a single family house
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
(I only found this out by chance, my dad never talked about it)
You had your own room as a child
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
(not that it helped one bit. Hate. tests.)
Had your own TV in your room in High School (tvs in bedrooms are the devil)
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16

Went on a cruise with your family
Went on more than one cruise with your family
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up (and theatres and ballgames)
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family (My folks did not discuss finances with us, and we didn't get to set the thermostat so that they could control the costs.)

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