David Pook, an English and language arts teacher at a private school in New Hampshire, didn’t get the best reception when he told the St. Anselm College Institute of Politics that he felt obliged to help write the national Common Core standards because of his white privilege.
“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 am given a lot of privilege that I didn’t earn,” Pook said, earning some hisses and boos. “I think it’s really important that all kids get an equal opportunity to learn how to read,” he explained.
Pook works at Derryfield School, a $28,535-per-year school that doesn’t use the Common Core standards. He helped the Council of Chief State School Officers, a national organization of school officials, draft the Common Core standards for English.