O’Keefe focuses these new videos on the publishing conglomerates that supply nearly all the textbooks in America’s public schools. Two employees of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are seen admitting things like: “It’s never about the kids” and “You don’t think the educational publishing companies are in it for education do you? No, they’re in it for the money.”
The publishing executives explain how Common Core has created a vast new market for their products. Only the three biggest publishers have the resources to generate textbooks that are “aligned” to the Common Core standards. Joy Pullman, former Houghton employee says that these standards are a 640-page document that is “written in nearly unintelligible educationese that requires the education equivalent of lawyers to interpret.”
A high school teacher describes Common Core as “just another fad. I mean, it’s the same stuff we’ve been teaching forever, they just packaged it differently. Sparkled it up, put some glitter on it, and it’s now the Common Core.” The Houghton saleswoman agrees that with Common Core, “you’re repurposing the same thing and slapping a new name on it. Then I can sell a ton of training around whatever you’re calling it.”
Tune in tomorrow as we discuss more about James O’Keefe’s stunning investigative series and about the financial and other motives behind Common Core.
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