Undercover Video: “Common Core Is All About the Money”
In a new undercover video released by James O’Keefe, sales executive Diane Barrow from Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt was caught on film admitting that Common Core is all about the money and the publishers are cashing in. Barrow no longer works for the company, according to a tweet by O’Keefe.
CEO of Houghton Mifflin quickly Fires official @texspitfire after our Common Core expose. I just called her asking for an interview.
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 12, 2016
Barrow said that Pierson Education “owns the world” and does “underhanded things.” Pierson provides the platform for the PARCC assessment—one of the widely used Common Core vehicles for high stakes testing.
Barrow also bashed homeschoolers and Donald Trump. Here are some prize quotes from the video:
“You don’t think that the educational publishing companies are in it for education, do you? No, they’re in it for the money.”
“And you hear it all the time, it’s all about the kids. No it’s not, it’s not about the kids.”
“Homeschoolers, I’m sorry, did you go to school to be a teacher? Well, then don’t teach your kids, you know?”
“Do you know who is listening to Donald Trump? It’s all old white men who are frustrated with their life. It’s like a mid life crisis. Can’t have it. And so, he doesn’t know policy, he doesn’t even – has he ever read the Constitution?”
Watch the video here: