An educator who helped write Common Core standards said Monday that one of the reasons he contributed to the curriculum was because he is a privileged as a white man.
Dr. David Pook teaches at The Derryfield School and Granite State College. He served a panelist at a forum hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics to discuss the pros and cons of Common Core.
“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,” said Pook, in a video published at Campus Reform.
Pook’s remarks drew groans, laughs and boos from the crowd.
“I think it’s really important that get equal opportunity to learn how to read. And I think I had a decided advantage because of who I was,” said Pook.
The Derryfield School, where Pook teaches history and English, is a bastion of “white privilege” itself.
Its student body is 91 percent white, and the annual cost of attendance is over $28,000, Campus Reform reports.
As an education consultant, Pook helped write Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. He has several other standards development projects underway with Student Achievement Partners, an organization founded by several Common Core curriculum lead writers.
The topic of white privilege has seen increased attention in education circles of late. The White Privilege Conference, which was held in Madison, Wisc. earlier this year, brought together thousands of educators to discuss advantages that society affords white people at the expense of minorities. (VIDEOS: White Privilege Speakers Call Third Graders RACISTS, Accuse Bush Of Ignoring Hurricane Because Of BLACK PEOPLE)
Pook did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller’s request for comment.