"The reason why I helped write the [Common Core] standards and the reason why I am here today is that, as a white male in society, I am given a lot of privilege that I didn't earn," said Dr. David Pook at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
The irony here is that this self-professed "privileged white male" teaches at an expensive school for the white privileged and that the Common Core standards he helped design are not good enough for his students.
Pook is a professor at Granite State College. He also teaches at The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire, which charges students $28,535 for the privilege of listening to Pook opine on white privilege. Turns out, 91% of the students listening are white.
Common Core curriculum standards have received backlash from parents and teachers alike - with some states considering pulling out of the curriculum entirely.
Consider these recent news stories on the controversial curriculum:
- Homework where sixth graders are asked to remove two rights from the Bill of Rights
- Subtractiontaught via drawing a number line, and roundly mocked by Stephen Colbert
- Poetry being removed from the literature curriculumentirely
- Eighth graders asked to write an 18-page paper on whether the Holocaust was a "propaganda tool that was used for monetary gain."
Unsurprisingly, the Derryfield School where Pook teaches considers the Common Core standards "inferior" and doesn't use them.
Pook has said: "As a white male in society, I'm given a lot of privilege I didn't earn. And, as a result, I think it's really important that all the kids get an equal opportunity to learn how to read."
Watch the full two hour debate here.