A teacher who helped write the Common Core State Standards of learning admitted recently that he wanted to contribute to standardized testing in order to pay back some of his white guilt.
“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,” Dr. David Pook told those assembled at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Monday night.
Campus Reform, which first posted the video, points out that Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H., where Pook works as a history department chair, does not even use the Common Core standards, considering their student body—which is 91% white—too elite.
Derryfield School charges $28,535 a year in tuition, which is more than most universities.
Pook is also a professor at Granite State College.
AchieveTheCore.org writes that Pook “worked closely with Susan Pimentel and the Council of Chief State Officers in drafting the Core Standards for English Language Arts, and currently has several projects underway with Student Achievement Partners on work aligned with the CCSS.”
The video shows that the audience is clearly taken aback by Pook’s frank confession.
The CCSS, which are meant to level the academic playing field by holding students to the same quantifiable standards, have been harshly criticized for their poor teaching methods and abundance of useless and confusing problems.