Yet another reason to oppose Common Core.
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”.
Pook claims he helped write the standards. What he really means is he probably commented on the standards when they were finally made available. If he did write anything, that is yet another reason to end Common Core immediately. Pook’s outrageous statement: “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 kids get an equal opportunity to learn how to read.” Is he saying that minority children don’t learn how to read the same as white children? How is it that white children have a perceived “privilege” over minority children?
The irony? This guy teaches at a $30,000 a year private school that has not implemented Common Core.