Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Common Core

From 1/12/16 Daily Mail:
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.'

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.

More about the commercial motivation for "one size fits all":
For years, textbook publishers have complained about the need to serve 51 competing education standards – including those enforced by the District of Columbia – with bulked-up books that are seen as a mile wide and an inch deep.
With Common Core adopted in 42 states plus DC, they will soon be able to produce and sell more streamlined books with a uniform focus.

Those books will be the newest thing on offer, slated to replace everything on teachers' shelves in a single giant commercial ka-ching.

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