Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The class meme I've been seeing around

I first heard about it from Lucy, and then saw it at Anastasia's, and now Trillwing's done it too! I find this one fascinating, especially in light of the discussion Anastasia has provoked about class and academia.

I went back and added the word "positively" back into question #12, because that word seemed to disappear somewhere along the line from when I first read this one a few weeks ago.

Bold the statements that are true.

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. (Unless my Grandma's cousin counts!)
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.
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
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 (I sat down and tried to figure it out, and I think that between scholarships and that summer job I had, I managed to pay for half of my undergrad myself.)
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 (nope, only hand-me-down cars)
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 (paid it off when I was six)
25. You had your own room as a child (my sister and I shared for a few years)
27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course (does that exist in Canada?)
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 (I was 22 the first time I flew in an airplane.)
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

I admit that I had a pretty comfortable childhood, too.


Anonymous said...

I quickly did this for Chris. His score was 17/34. I guess you were both pretty "spoiled". Love you anyways, Arlen

Kate said...

I think that the SAT/ACT would probably be about equivalent to AP or IB where we went to school. Not quite the same thing, but denotes an equal level of class standing, I would say.

I'm so not doing this, because it would reveal how terribly privileged my upbringing was. I had a blessed childhood. And somehow, it feels like a failure to admit it, like we're supposed to struggle with adversity in order to claim any real success!

Queen of West Procrastination said...

Hm. If that's the case, then I'd have to bump my mark to a 17, because I was in advanced classes (both in an advanced program and in Advanced Algebra/Calculus).

Which would make Chris and me tied for spoiled-childhood-ness. Which is funny, because (in addition to his "pretending to be a Sask farmboy" thing) he frequently makes it seem like I grew up this spoiled rich kid, compared to him.

Anonymous said...

Maryanne, if you can count advanced program for SAT, Chris should be able to as well as he actually wrote the SAT he just did not take the tutorial for it so I did not count that.
That would make him even more spoiled at 18.

Teacher Lady said...

SAT prep course is prepping you for a standardized test. It is not an AP class, it is not even a high school class for that matter. So I think any tutoring sessions that would prepare you for a test that you or your parents paid for would count.

I have 2 more than you sister.

Queen of West Procrastination said...

But the thing is that we don't have much for an equivalent in SK, sister. And AP/advanced would be a reasonable equivalent for us.

And I figured that you'd have 2 higher than me, because you had the TV in your room, and Mom and Dad bought the Sunbird for you to drive when the Caprice died.

Matt said...

What the heck does "lessons" refer to? I would hope that everyone has been taught something by the time they are eighteen...

-Matt, from the north, possible future mine rescue tech