The Common Core And White Privilege

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The Common Core And White Privilege

By A.P. Dil­lon

This is a look at the ‘experts’ behind Com­mon Core. First, let’s recap the tac­tics used by the pro­po­nents to silence the oppo­si­tion to the standards.

Com­mon Core Shutuppery

So, to date, Com­mon Core oppo­si­tion have been called stu­pid, sad, mis­guided, liars, racists, con­spir­acy the­ory nuts and more for oppos­ing the fun­da­men­tally flawed and exper­i­men­tal stan­dards. Oppo­si­tion has been mocked by the same peo­ple pro­mot­ing Com­mon Core and par­ents have been arrested for speak­ing out at forums and school board meet­ings. I’ve chron­i­cled some of this here already in The New Tone Of Com­mon Core, but more has tran­spired since then.

The top edu­ca­tion offi­cial in the county, Arne Dun­can, even insulted “White sub­ur­ban moms” across the coun­try for oppos­ing Com­mon Core. In NY, Edu­ca­tion Com­mis­sioner John King brought in the race card and com­pared Com­mon Core to the Eman­ci­pa­tion Procla­ma­tion. Cit­i­zens in NY have called him out and called for his res­ig­na­tion. In NC, the state Super­in­ten­dent told a crowd that peo­ple who oppose Com­mon Core are “bear­ing false wit­ness”. By the way, the NC Super­in­ten­dent is also President-​elect of the Coun­cil of Chief State School Offi­cers (CCSSO), which is one of the two D.C. trade orga­ni­za­tions respon­si­ble for Com­mon Core. Con­ve­nient, right?

Gene Arnold Common Core NCSPIN QuoteEven elected offi­cials have dis­par­aged their own con­stituents. The lat­est form of ‘shut’ up comes as “politi­ciz­ing”. I’ve wit­nessed it myself first hand at the leg­is­la­ture in North Car­olina. The leg­is­la­ture, of course, is wor­ried about the push­ing of Com­mon Core by the NC Cham­ber of Com­merce. They should be con­cerned, because accord­ing to for­mer leg­is­la­tor Gene Arnold, the NC Cham­ber plans to black­mail leg­is­la­tors to kill the Com­mon Core replace­ment bills now in play at the NC Gen­eral Assembly.

Not one of these pro­po­nents of Com­mon Core or any of the enti­ties sup­port­ing the Core has actu­ally defended the stan­dards against the com­plaints being made against them. Instead, they demo­nize. Oppo­si­tion to Com­mon Core has endured a long series of shutup­pery tac­tics from ‘experts’.

The Com­mon Core Expert

We’ve also been told ‘experts’ wrote the Com­mon Core and to basi­cally, shut up and sit down.

Let me intro­duce you to one of the ‘experts’.

Meet Dr. David Pook. Pook is a teacher at a pri­vate school in Der­ry­field, New Hamp­shire. He has tes­ti­fied in front of the New Ham­sphire Leg­is­la­ture; his tes­ti­mony was char­ac­ter­ized as mis­lead­ing.

Pook wants you to know why he helped author Com­mon Core’s Eng­lish Lan­guage Arts stan­dards. Remem­ber, Com­mon Core only had 5 authors, so Pook is likely over-​inflating his role. Dr. Pook says it was “White priv­i­lege” that drove him to assist.

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. Maybe he should check his “priv­i­lege” at the door. 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. The guy is demented and is part of the insane “White Priv­i­lege” far left who hate them­selves and are teach­ing white chil­dren to hate them­selves. - Exam​iner​.com, 5÷20÷14 [Empha­sis added]

You got that? Shorter: Pook didn’t build that. He didn’t earn that priv­i­lege, it was his white­ness that gave it to him. This is who is dic­tat­ing to us what our kids should be learning.

There is video of Pook at the above ref­er­enced New Hamp­shire forum. The audio is a lit­tle quiet so turn it up or visit Stop Com­mon Core New Hamp­shire where they have a link to the full debate with stronger sound. Pook’s com­ments in the full video are at the 1:52:00 mark. Audio only is avail­able at Ger​ar​dAt​Large​.com.The gen­tle­man who pre­cedes Pook at the 1:52:00 mark uses all the stan­dard Pro-​Common Core talk­ing points and talks about how the peo­ple using it in the class­room love it. He makes no men­tion of the chil­dren suf­fer­ing under it. Typical.

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AP DillonA.P. Dil­lon (Lady Lib­erty 1885), is a Con­ser­v­a­tive minded wife and mother liv­ing in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina. A.P. Dil­lon founded the blog LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com in 2009. After the 2012 elec­tion, she added an Instapun­dit style blog called The Con­Mom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writ­ing, in addi­tion to Da Tech Guy’s Mag­nif­i­cent 7, can also be found at Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Watch­dog­WireNC and Wiz­Bang. Non-​political writ­ing projects include sci­ence fic­tion novel­las that are, as of yet, unpub­lished. Her cur­rent writ­ing project is a children’s book series.

By A.P. Dillon

This is a look at the ‘experts’ behind Common Core. First, let’s recap the tactics used by the proponents to silence the opposition to the standards.

Common Core Shutuppery

So, to date, Common Core opposition have been called stupid, sad, misguided, liars, racists, conspiracy theory nuts and more for opposing the fundamentally flawed and experimental standards.  Opposition has been mocked by the same people promoting Common Core and parents have been arrested for speaking out at forums and school board meetings. I’ve chronicled some of this here already in The New Tone Of Common Core, but more has transpired since then.

The top education official in the county, Arne Duncan, even insulted “White suburban moms” across the country for opposing Common Core. In NY, Education Commissioner John King brought in the race card and compared Common Core to the Emancipation Proclamation. Citizens in NY have called him out and called for his resignation. In NC, the state Superintendent told a crowd that people who oppose Common Core are “bearing false witness“.  By the way, the NC Superintendent is also President-elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), which is one of the two D.C. trade organizations responsible for Common Core. Convenient, right?

Gene Arnold Common Core NCSPIN QuoteEven elected officials have disparaged their own constituents. The latest form of ‘shut’ up comes as “politicizing“. I’ve witnessed it myself  first hand at the legislature in North Carolina. The legislature, of course, is worried about the pushing of Common Core by the NC Chamber of Commerce. They should be concerned, because according to former legislator Gene Arnold, the NC Chamber plans to blackmail legislators to kill the Common Core replacement bills now in play at the NC General Assembly.

Not one of these proponents of Common Core or any of the entities supporting the Core has actually defended the standards against the complaints being made against them. Instead, they demonize. Opposition to Common Core has endured a long series of shutuppery tactics from ‘experts’.

The Common Core Expert 

We’ve also been told ‘experts’ wrote the Common Core and to basically, shut up and sit down.

Let me introduce you to one of the ‘experts’.

Meet Dr. David Pook. Pook is a teacher at a private school in Derryfield, New Hampshire. He has testified in front of the New Hamsphire Legislature; his testimony was characterized as misleading.

Pook wants you to know why he helped author Common Core’s English Language Arts standards.  Remember, Common Core only had 5 authors, so Pook is likely over-inflating his role. Dr. Pook says it was “White privilege” that drove him to assist.

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. Maybe he should check his “privilege” at the door. 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. The guy is demented and is part of the insane “White Privilege” far left who hate themselves and are teaching white children to hate themselves.  – Examiner.com, 5/20/14 [Emphasis added]

You got that? Shorter: Pook didn’t build that.  He didn’t earn that privilege, it was his whiteness that gave it to him. This is who is dictating to us what our kids should be learning.

There is video of Pook at the above referenced New Hampshire forum. The audio is a little quiet so turn it up or visit Stop Common Core New Hampshire where they have a link to the full debate with stronger sound. Pook’s comments in the full video are at the 1:52:00 mark. Audio only is available at GerardAtLarge.com.The gentleman who precedes Pook at the 1:52:00 mark uses all the standard Pro-Common Core talking points and talks about how the people using it in the classroom love it. He makes no mention of the children suffering under it. Typical.

If you enjoyed this article, you should really check out other pieces written by Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent Seven writers and maybe hit that tip jar!

AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.