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California school instructs third graders to rank themselves according to ‘power and privilege’

R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School in San Jose, California reportedly held a lesson on “social identities” during a math class.



Third grade is a year of great academic growth, when students are challenged to accomplish a wide variety of skills from advanced multiplication and division, to reading chapter books and non-fiction, to learning cursive and more. 

A public elementary school in California is taking a different route, teaching their third-grade students how to deconstruct their racial and sexual identities in order to understand “power and privilege,” according to the Daily Caller 

R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School in San Jose, California reportedly held a lesson on “social identities” during a math class, during which the teacher required students to list their race, class, gender, religion and family structure in an “identity map,” Discovery Institute scholar Christopher Rufo reported. 

The teacher began the lesson by telling the eight and nine year old students that they live in a “dominant culture,” of “white, middle class, cisgender, educated, able bodied, Christian individuals” who “created and maintained” this culture to “hold power and stay in power.” 

While most teachers read their third graders books like Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, this teacher read to the students from This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell, teaching them the theory of “intersectionality.” 

The book claims that “those with privilege have power over others” and that “folx who do not benefit from their social identities…have little to no privilege and power.” 

Students were then instructed to create an “identity map,” listing their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender and age. 

Imagine asking a third grader to identify their socioeconomic status. 

Just wait, it gets worse. 

Students then had to circle the identities “that hold power and privilege.” White, middle class, cisgender male, and Christian were reportedly among the characteristics listed as having power and privilege. 

Once parents learned of the lesson, many were angered. A group of six families reportedly met with the school’s principal to demand these types of lessons be terminated, to which the administration agreed. 

“They were basically teaching racism to my eight-year-old,” one parent said to Rufo. 

Jenn Lashier, the principal of Meyerholz Elementary, told Rufo that the lesson was not part of the “formal curricula, but the process of daily learning facilitated by a certified teacher.”

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  1. Linda

    January 14, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Many parents?? Not most if not all parents?? Wow! This is exactly why we’re where we are today. We’ve lost traditional culture and norms. Our children’s minds are being poisoned and abused. Just “many parents”?? Was this teacher reprimanded? Doubtful. We are going to see a surge in private, charter schools and home schooling. At least for now until they are outlawed. Wake up parents. Wake up American citizens. Or study the contents of Animal Farm and 1984. You’ll need to be well versed when you’re living them.

  2. Daniel Sullivan

    January 14, 2021 at 11:48 am

    It’s sick and wrong. Luv ya Leo

  3. R Ross

    January 15, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Pure indoctrination. As a retired teacher, I am glad the parents are involved in their children’s education. Thank Heavens they spoke up. It is so wrong to teach our young children to separate themselves from their friends by color, race, etc. Left to their own devices, children are loving and inclusive. They need to be taught that differences define us. Sad, because they are defenseless against this garbage teaching. Totally inappropriate!

  4. teresa

    January 15, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    disgusting – and i hope every parent debunks this nonsense and tells their child to be very proud of who they are. where in the cirruclumn these days is that important to teach! many many parents work damn hard to give their children a good life – if others don’t have it it’s not the problem of those who do! also there are many things people can do today to get ahead – if they choose to! dont just complain do something with your life for your kids and stop telling others they need to apologize

  5. David Kleimola

    January 17, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Time for parents to home school or enroll children in a parochial school.

  6. JBS

    January 18, 2021 at 9:29 am

    In China they have 3rd graders working on calculus. in the U.S. we have teachers telling our students they’re racist if they are white. It’s no wonder the U.S. is falling behind the rest of the world in science and engineering.

  7. Donna Schnupp

    January 18, 2021 at 10:03 am

    This is totally ridiculous, that kind of talk has No Business in School,at all.That teacher shluld be let go!

  8. Linda

    January 18, 2021 at 10:27 am

    What the heck does this have to do with math? And why is it allowed at all? Folx???

  9. Travis Creed

    January 18, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Nothing like starting early if ruining childhood is the goal. I don’t recall my own experience, but I have vivid, fond memories of my son’s third grade year. We lived in Little Rock, Arkansas. My son was large for his age and fairly athletic. When it came time to sign up for youth basketball at the local boys and girls club, I simply put my son in the draft. I was unaware that teams were formed outside of the draft by parents in various “clicks.” My son was drafted by a coach who was an African American fireman. Coach L.J. was a large man with a booming voice and he did not suffer fools. This was the first basketball team my son had ever been a part of and he was one of only two white kids. In short, this was exactly the situation I wanted him in as it was far more reflective of real life than an all white team full of kids he already knew. The relationship with Coach L.J. led to my son joining an AAU travel team across the river in North Little Rock. The kids on that team were all African American and ranged from middle class to near poverty level. Some were in two-parent homes, some were not. My son was well behind most of the kids athletically, but he was big and showed promise. More importantly, he was making friends from different circumstances than his own. Yes, he knew he was white and his teammates were black, but children that age don’t care. They play together without prejudice, racism or any other “ism”, as it should be. Despite having grown up with many African American friends, it took some time for me to feel comfortable being the only white face in the building, but our family was welcome everywhere we went despite being in the distinct minority. We all suffered when one of the kids and his brother were killed in a tragic car accident. My little guy got up and spoke at his friend’s funeral, experiencing profound loss at ten years old. There was no thought of race or socioeconomic circumstances, we were all just people in pain. The team stayed together and the games continued, but the reality of life and death shaped the experience. We moved away a couple of years later, but the friendships continued.

    My son is now 24 and still has fond memories of the kids, coaches and parents. The head coach and I remained friends until his tragic death a few years ago. We talked often and got together each year at the SEC tournament to watch one of the kids play for the Florida Gators. I am thankful that critical race theory was not a thing when my children were young. I can’t imagine what that kind of poison would have done to the little guys I knew. If we don’t collectively come to our senses, the kind of meaningful, impactful experience described herein will no longer be available. What a shame that would be.

  10. teresa

    January 18, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    schools have become “teaching” grounds for hate – they don’t think they are but they are!!!! stop brainwashing kids. newsflash kids grow up and are influenced by many things so all the hate you have tried to create the adult will make their own decisions. some go on to dislike the very thing the teachers tried to get them to like! you can’ make people like you, love you or notice you!

  11. Joan of Arc

    January 29, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    jew communists and zionists are gonna jew, until us Americans of European or African origins put them in the ground, like they wish of us all. Wake up!

  12. Lou

    March 13, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    People like Joan of Arc here make me both laugh and cry. I need to laugh because their hateful comments are so absurd, and I need to cry because others, inevitably, will believe them.

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