Must Watch Video: Follow the Money, Not the Math, for Common Core

When it comes to Common Core, don’t try to follow the math, but do follow the money.

That’s what James O’Keefe of Project Veritas, discovered in his most recent candid camera segment.

The Daily Mail, which broke the story, notes that the “guerrilla video crew that exposed Obamaphone cheaters and shut down the left-wing advocacy group ACORN” has exposed “Common Core’ education standards as a scheme for publishers to sell more textbooks.”

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According to, “The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).” However, overwhelming evidence disproves this claim.  One of many anti-Common Core groups, HALT Common Core, lists eight categories of its wide-ranging problems.


One of these is what  Project Veritas uncovered: Common Core isn’t about education or children. It’s about financial profit.

The West Coast sales manager from one of the nation’s biggest school book sellers, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dianne Barrow, told an undercover muckraker with Project Veritas, “I hate kids” and “I’m in it to sell books,” she said.

Barrow said of her advocacy for Common Core:

“Don’t even kid yourself for a heartbeat. … 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.”

A rather foul-mouthed Brooklyn schoolteacher, Jodi Cohen, was also interviewed in the exposé. Cohen told PV’s investigators:

“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.”

The video follows. WARNING: Foul language.

Brent Bowles writes for

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