A guerrilla organization that exposed Obamaphone cheaters and shut down left-wing advocacy group ACORN has reportedly uncovered "Common Core" education standards as a system for publishers to sell more textbooks (video below).
The West Coast sales director from one of the country’s biggest school book sellers, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, told an undercover muckraker with Project Veritas that “I hate kids,” in footage that has been leaked on YouTube Jan. 12.
“I'm in it to sell books,” Dianne Barrow said of her advocacy for Common Core.
“Don't even kid yourself for a heartbeat,” she added. "It's all about the money. What are you, crazy? It's all about the money.
“ ... You don't think that the educational publishing companies are in it for education, do you? No, they're in it for the money.”
Bianca Olson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's senior vice president, confirmed on Jan. 12 that Barrow “has been terminated," Daily Mail reports.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's CEO, Linda Zecher, told Daily Mail on Jan. 12 that her company “is as appalled by these comments as we expect readers will be.”
“These statements in no way reflect the views of HMH and the commitment of our over 4,000 employees who dedicate their lives to serving teachers and students every day.”
She added, “The individual who made these comments is a former employee who was with HMH for less than a year.”
Common Core is a new set of national academic standards, now adopted by 42 states and Washington, D.C., in an attempt to increase the nation’s deteriorating test scores in math and English.
Right-wingers often say that the K-12 system is a federal government seizure of public education, but the Obama administration asserts that states can set their own standards as long as they serve the same objectives.
Democratic presidential candidates have backed up the program but the Republican field is split, with conservatives opposing it as a hierarchical, homogenous approach to learning.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is one of the few Republican presidential candidates who has voiced support for the Common Core, arguing that states aren't restricted from setting their own standards.
Sen. Marco Rubio, Bush’s in-state rival, said on his website that “Common Core has been used by the Obama administration to turn the Department of Education into a national school board. This effort to coerce states into adhering to national curriculum standards is not the best way to help our children attain the best education, and it must be stopped.”
Donald Trump said in July that “Common Core has to be ended."
"It's a disaster," he added. "It’s a way of taking care of the people in Washington that, frankly, I don’t even think they give a damn about education, half of them."
Project Veritas leader, James O'Keefe, told Daily Mail that more videos targeting textbook publishers are on the way.
“This video provides confirmation that Common Core is broken, rotten and corrupt – including the textbook publishers, government education officials and the politicians who should be held accountable for enabling this system in the first place,” O'Keefe said.
“I hope and pray that 'they' call this an isolated incident, as we are putting every textbook publisher on notice that we plan to continue to release these videos exposing Common Core.”