Here’s a defense of Common Core that we haven’t heard before: American schools need the nationalized learning standards so minority students can learn to read as well as white students. In other words, supporting the experimental learning standards is a matter of social justice.
That view was articulated by teacher David Pook during a recent Common Core debate that occurred at a New Hampshire college, according to Examiner.com. From the article:
Last night at St. Anslem’s College in Manchester, opponents and proponents of Common Core got together to debate for the first time. It was a panel made up of 6 people, 3 proponents of Common Core and 3 opponents of it. The proponents didn’t have any new answers. They used the same propaganda and lies that all Common Core proponents use: it was tested; teachers helped write it; it was put up against international standards, to name a few. These are lies that are continually told.
The opponents brought up facts about Common Core that are well-known by now: kids aren’t developmentally ready at certain ages; the math is sub-standard for any type of advancement in science and math; it does not promote college readiness unless to a 2-year college. Probably the most disturbing part about the debate was the closing arguments at the end. A teacher at a private school, Dr. Pook, actually argued that Common Core was necessary due to his “White Privilege”.
When Pook, who teaches history at the private and pricey Derryfield School, explained his position, it elicited laughs, groans and jeers from the audience:
“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. … I think it’s really important that all kids have an equal opportunity to learn how to read. I think I had decided advantages as a result of who I was, not because of any (inaudible).
“And when I walk into places like Roberto Clemente High School on the west side of Chicago, 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.”
Pook’s support of Common Core strikes some as a tad hypocritical, since he teaches at a private school that reportedly doesn’t use the one-size-fits-all standards.
“Dr. Pook doesn’t have to work under the oppressive conditions that he advocates for public school teachers,” Morin writes. “He doesn’t have to teach to standards that teachers, licensed child psychologists and parents now see as developmentally inappropriate for their children.”
Regardless, the main point of all this is that Pook thinks Common Core is a way to counteract the white privilege that is ingrained in public education – so minority kids can learn “how to read just as well” as their white peers. Morin again: “While he’s teaching history, not reading at his private school, he wants public school kids to have to suffer under lower standards. Why? Because this man believes that minority kids aren’t as smart as white kids so the standards have to be lowered in order for them to be able to read.“
This is where Common Core proponents are coming from, this is the base that Common Core is built on. The ideology basis for the entire system is corrupt, so how can they possibly expect the system to produce anything worthwhile?