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This Amazing Instructor Taught His Students A Lesson That You Never Learned

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This teacher interestingly explained the concept of privilege and how people deny having it or enjoy having it, through a very simple demonstration in a class. We were definitely moved and would urge you to read on and then appreciate the privilege that you have and do accept when you have that privilege while helping out those who don’t have it.

The teacher started the demo by handing out each student a piece of paper and asking them to curl it up.Amazing Teacher Teaches about Privilege

Then he placed the dustbin at the front of the room.Amazing Teacher Teaches about Privilege2

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He said, “The game is simple — you all represent the country’s population. And everyone in the country has a chance to become wealthy and move into the upper class.”Amazing Teacher Teaches about Privilege3

“To move into the upper class, all you must do is throw your wadded-up paper into the bin while sitting in your seat.”Amazing Teacher Teaches about Privilege4

This lead to the students at the back exclaiming, “This is unfair.” It was quite obvious that those sitting in the front seats had better odds at winning!Amazing Teacher Teaches about Privilege5

When the students took the shots, the ones seated at front were those who made it (mostly) with a few students from the back hitting the target too.Amazing Teacher Teaches about Privilege6

Amazing Teacher Teaches about Privilege7The teacher concluded the test by saying, “The closer you were to the recycling bin, the better your odds. This is what privilege looks like. Did you notice how the only ones who complained about fairness were in the back of the room?”

“By contrast, people in the front of the room were less likely to be aware of the privilege they were born into. All they can see is 10 feet between them and their goal.”

“Your job — as students who are receiving an education — is to be aware of your privilege. And use this particular privilege called  ‘education’ to do your best to achieve great things, all the while advocating for those in the rows behind you.”Amazing Teacher Teaches about Privilege8

Hats off to this teacher for explaining such an important idea so simply!

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2 Comments to This Amazing Instructor Taught His Students A Lesson That You Never Learned

  1. Diana Parkes

    What an elegant lesson and one I will share with male leaders when they question whether there is any need to do more to support women in the world of work.
    Thanks for publishing the story

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