Textbook publisher: We’re 'in it for the money,' not kids

Saturday, January 23, 2016
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

An executive from one of America’s largest textbook publishers for public schools made a shocking admission corroborating the fears of many parents by stating that pushing the Common Core “is all about the money,” before saying, “I hate kids.”

A Closer LookIn a new video exposed by the investigative film journalists of Project Veritas, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt West Coast Accounts Manager Dianne Barrow revealed that the top textbook publishing companies in the United States are merely profiteers cashing in from the Common Core, which she said is all about the money — not the kids.

“You don’t think that the educational publishing companies are in it for education do you?” Barrow insisted. “No. They’re in it for the money.”

Makers of the video set out to prove that “crony capitalism is taking over America’s education system.” They were able to catch the publishing executive mocking the immoral behavior of her colleagues and herself while being secretly recorded.

“The fact that they have to align the educational standards is what they have to do to sell the books,” the sales manager explained.

Really about the children?

Buttressing the argument that those campaigning for more taxpayer money during election years are not really “for the children” — but rather about the money — Barrow admitted that the textbook industry providing materials for the 50 million public school students in the U.S. is really prioritizing profits above the children.

Barrow’s personal conviction about students and money was even more extreme.

“I hate kids,” publishing executive added. “I’m in it to sell books. Don’t even kid yourself for a heartbeat.”

Teachers implementing instruction using textbooks provided by America’s top publishing companies agree that the school books and Common Core pushed by the government are really about making money — not developing children for success.

“It’s a joke,” confirmed a teacher from Brooklyn, New York, in undercover video. “It’s all a money game.”

Kirk Williams, who is with the P.S.  X140 the Eagle School, which is under the New York City Department of Education in Bronx, New York, says that there are big winners and losers in the textbook game.

 “The publishing companies are the winners in the game,” Williams asserted.

O’Keefe believes it’s about time that parents know what really motivates the public education system.

“Our video exposes how the book publishers are all about the money with no regard for the actual needs of our children,” Project Veritas President James O’Keefe pointed out. “Corporate cronyism and underhanded political deals have contributed to Common Core’s massive disruption and the unraveling of America’s educational fabric.”

Publishers respond

After Project Veritas exposed the comments of two of Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt’s executives through its video, the publishing company issued a statement.

“HMH will not tolerate behavior and conduct that contradicts our values and commitments to learning,” Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt’s statement reads. “The individuals who made these statements are no longer with the company.”

Houghton-Mifflin CEO Linda Zelcher expressed her regret over the comments made by her former employees.

“[I am] appalled by these comments.” Zelcher expressed to the Daily Mail. “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.”

Another profiteer of the Common Core, Pearson Education, which is the largest textbook publishing company in the U.S., also issued a statement in response to the undercover video.

“The comments in this video in no way represent Pearson’s values or business practices,” Pearson’s statement reads. “They are offensive to our 40,000 employees, many of whom are parents, former teachers, or students themselves, and are dedicated to working each and every day to help people make more of their lives through learning.”

More to come?

The leader of Project Veritas stressed that the exploitation of America’s children through the federalized education system will continue to be exposed.

“Thanks to these undercover videos, we’ve now injected faces into the Common Core debate,” O’Keefe explained.   “These two formerly employed Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt employees now serve as the poster children for the corporate profit-before-kids mentality which permeates the textbook industry. As I predicted, publishing companies are being forced to respond.”

He promised that the machinations behind the federalized education industry powered by taxpayer dollars will continue to be uncovered.

“In the words of Houghton-Mifflin, our upcoming videos in this series will continue to show more ‘behavior and conduct that contradicts the values and commitment of learning,’ abuse of taxpayer dollars and how major textbook publishing companies are enriching themselves at the expense of children,” O’Keefe concluded. “In upcoming videos in this series, we’ll continue to expose how taxpayer dollars are used with little accountability to enrich the major book publishing companies.” 

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