The line between Louis C.K.’s real life and his comedy — both in stand-up and on his show “Louie” — is a fuzzy one. So in some ways his recent harping on the standardized testing his daughters are currently going through at school feels like him workshopping some new material.
But it’s also clear that he’s not a fan of the Common Core State Standards initiative, which aim to develop national standards for what students should know at certain grade levels (most states have adopted them). Twice in the past week, C.K. has taken to Twitter to express his frustration with the testing, writing things like “My kids used to love math. Now it makes them cry” and “Teachers are underpaid. They teach for the love of it. Let them find the good in cc without the testing guns to their and our kids heads.”
His tweets have drawn both cheers and condescending “Sorry, you’re wrong” responses. He brought the subject up again Thursday (May 1) as a guest on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” although in a much more jokey way.
“If a school’s kids don’t test well, they burn the school down,” he tells Letterman.
He also says that he tries to tell his daughters to “just look at the problem” when they get frustrated. “But then I look at the problems and it’s like, ‘Bill has 3 goldfish. He buys 2 more — how many dogs live in London?'”
You can watch C.K.’s full interview — including him making a dubious bit of “Late Show” history — below. “Louie” returns to FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT Monday (May 5).