TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa parents are calling out a middle school Spanish teacher over an unnecessary lesson about “privilege” that quizzed students on disability, skin color, race, sex, and religion.
Regina Stile told WTSP her daughter was recently forced to fill out a form titled “How much privilege do you have?” as part of a Spanish class assignment at Monroe Middle School aimed at teaching diversity and equality.
“Her sexuality and all that has nothing to do with the school,” Stile said.
The form asked students to circle the boxes that apply to them under seven headings: race, skin color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
For race, students were given the options of white, Hispanic, black, Asian or middle eastern. Skin color options included white/light, brown or black/dark. Christian, Jewish, Atheist, Hindu/Buddhist, and Muslim/Sikh were listed among religions.
The form lists possible sexes as male, female and intersex, and options for gender of cisgendered, transgendered, or genderqueer. Straight, homosexual, bisexual, asexual and pansexual were listed as potential gender orientations, according to the news site.
Stile’s daughter circled that she is a white female with light skin who is a mentally disabled pansexual.
“She has ADHD and apparently the teacher said there are some kids in the class that have ADHD and ADHD is a mental illness and that’s why she circled that,” Stile said. “To me ADHD is not a mental disability, it’s something she has.”
Stile said her daughter was confused by some of the terms.
“She’s 12,” Stile told WTSP. “Some of these things should be taught at home.”
“To me it has nothing to do with Spanish,” she said. “You’re here to teach my daughter a foreign language, not anything else.”
Hillsborough County Schools spokeswoman Tanya Arja told the news site several parents complained about the assignment and officials launched an investigation.
“This is not a district form, this is a teacher generated form and it was without principal consent and at the district level we do not collect that information,” she said.
The teacher told school officials she was attempting to educate students on diversity and inequality, but students were not required to turn in the quiz, Arja said.