The guerrilla video crew that exposed Obamaphone cheaters and shut down the left-wing advocacy group ACORN is at it again, this time hammering the ‘Common Core’ education standards as a scheme for publishers to sell more textbooks.
The West Coast sales manager from one of the nation’s biggest school book sellers, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, told an undercover muckraker with Project Veritas that ‘I hate kids.’
‘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 that ‘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.’
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‘I HATE KIDS’: A sales manager for one of the nation’s largest school textbook publishers admitted on hidden camera that Common Core represents a windfall for her: ‘I’m in it to sell books’
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF TEACHERS: ‘This NYC educator says Common Core is a ‘new f**king system that f**king sucks,’ invented ‘to sell more books’
Bianca Olson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s senior vice president, confirmed Tuesday morning that Barrow ‘has been terminated.’ That followed a phone call in which DailyMail.com read BArrow’s statements to her verbatim.
Harsh words from educators also won’t help the K-12 Common Core system’s advocates.
‘It’s a joke,’ a Brooklyn, New York teacher Project Veritas identified as Jodi Cohen said on the group’s hidden camera.
‘It’s bulls**t and the thing is, what they do is they create some new f**king system, that f**king sucks to sell more books and then we have to learn something new with the students.’
Cohen, like Barrow, believes that the Common Core system is a marketing bonanza for textbook publishers.
WHAT IS ‘COMMON CORE’?
A new set of national academic standards, now adopted by 42 states and DC, is an attempt to increase the country’s declining testing scores in Math and English compared with the rest of the world.
Conservatives often argue against the K-12 system as a federal government takeover of public education, but the Obama administration insists states can set their own standards as long as they serve the same goals.
Parents in some corners of the U.S. have become frustrated at test and homework questions in math that are graded not just on getting the right answer but on the necessity of following a strict system for determining it.
The math methods often involve illustrations and other complex requirements that are foreign to parents and many teachers.
Democratic presidential candidates have lined up behind the program but the Republican field is split, with conservatives opposing it as a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to learning.
‘Oh my god, it’s all a money game. It’s all a money game,’ the cynical educator said.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s CEO, Linda Zecher, told DailyMail.com on Tuesday morning 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.’
‘The individual who made these comments is a former employee who was with HMH for less than a year,’ she added, referring to Barrow’s firing on Tuesday.
Cohen couldn’t be reached for comment.
The new video threatens to blow open the national debate about the national standards, which have simmered on the back-burner of Republican debates but haven’t taken hold as much as immigration or foreign policy…