Saturday, September 13, 2008

Are You Privileged?

I found this survey on Line 46:

Bold the items that apply to you:

1. Father went to college

2. Father finished college

3. Mother went to college

4. Mother finished college

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor

6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.

7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.

I guess I am somewhat privileged.

8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.

9. Were read children’s books by a parent.


10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18. (Violin - about 4 months, and ballet - 9 months. Quit when my parents ran out of money)

11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18.

12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively.

13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18.

14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs.

15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs.

16. Went to a private high school.

17. Went to summer camp.

18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18

19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels

20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18

21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them

22. There was original art in your house when you were a child

23. You and your family lived in a single-family house

24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home (Well, the bank that owned it let them live in it and take care of it)

25. You had your own room as a child (sometimes)

26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18

27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course

28. Had your own TV in your room in high school

29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college

30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 (flew to FL to visit my grandparents - funded by an insurance settlement)

31. Went on a cruise with your family

32. Went on more than one cruise with your family

33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up.

34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family. (Nah, I knew just what they were - my Dad kept telling us to close the door, he wasn't going to pay to heat outdoors. Also, had to winterize the windows with plastic covers every winter)

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