Okay, it’s really, really hard to explain privilege to people who have it. They even, I think, want to understand it.
I think this example almost quantifies it.
So this friend of mine is taking a course that’s been *really* demanding the first two weeks. Gobs of reading, interactives, discussions, stuff to write (and from what I can tell, it’s pretty much a very, very teacher-centered course about making curriculum more student-centered. Yup.)
This week? No assignments at all. Well, you see, the teacher has other obligations this week. So… everybody should be grateful for the relief and hey, there’s no reason they can’t get ahead (and at least that *is* an option — at least it’s not ‘I’m too busy to post.’)
The idea that everybody is supposed to arrange their lives to meet the heavy demands — but hey, the one in charge can just shift things…but gee, if the students don’t get things done, they’re not behaving responsibly… and I’m pretty pretty positive that the instructor in question thinks that this is all meet and right.
It’s an Orwellian world.