A high school in Wisconsin caused a stir when a parent was outraged to discover that the school was teaching an American Diversity class that discussed white privilege.
Delavan-Darien High School in St. Delavan, Wisconsin offers a course that according to critics imposes an indoctrination of theory rather than objectively educating students. A statement on the school’s website reads:
“[The American Diversity] course aims to help students better understand oneself and recognize how feelings, ideas and beliefs interact with the ideas and beliefs of other individuals and groups. [The class] seeks to create a more accurate picture of modern America.” (Fox News)
An anonymous parent of a student at the school told Fox News that the assignments and class worksheets were problematic. A portion of a textbook handout for the class reads as follows:
“In critical race theory, white privilege is a set of advantages that are believed to be enjoyed by white people beyond those commonly experienced by non-white people in the same social, political, and economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc.).
Theorists differentiate it from racism or prejudice because, they say, a person who may benefit from white privilege is not necessarily racist or prejudiced and may be unaware of having any privileges reserved only for whites.” (Fox News)
The parent also told Fox News that the American Diversity class offered at Delavan-Darien High School is divisive and instills a feeling of indignation among whites. The anonymous parent also told Fox News:
“They’re teaching white guilt. They’re dividing the students. They’re saying to non-whites, ‘You have been oppressed and you’re still being oppressed.’” (Fox News)
Robert Crist, the superintendent of the St. Delavan school district agrees that there is merit to the parent’s concern over the class. Delavan-Darien High School’s American Diversity class was temporarily discontinued as school district officials evaluate the course’s curriculum.