Privileged “White Male” Teacher: Common Core Will Help Kids Read (Video)

Saturday, 24 May 2014 17:15

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A Manchester, New Hampshire, history teacher said earlier this week he helped write the standards for Common Core so minority students could have the same opportunity to learn to read as he had as a privileged “white male.” Dr. David Pook, who chairs the history department at Derryfield School, a  prestigious private academy in Manchester, offered that observation on May 19 during a debate on Common Core at Saint Anselm College in neighboring Goffstown. (See the end of this article for a video of his comment.)

“The reason why I helped write the standards and the reason why I am here today is that as a white male in society, I’ve been given a lot of privilege that I didn’t earn,” declared Pook, as members of the audience groaned and booed. “I think it’s really important that all kids have an equal opportunity to learn how to read.”

Pook said his thinking has been influenced by visits to “places like Roberto Clemente High School on the west side of Chicago.” He added, “I think it’s really important those kids learn how to read just as well as I had the opportunity to read. And in creating an equitable educational opportunity for all kids, I think this is actually the greatest civics lesson we could teach our kids.”

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