Pearson Exec Reveals Truth About Curriculum
Kim Koerber, former Pearson executive, spoke about the Common Core AP U.S. History framework material being published by Pearson, and her attitudes and positions, reflective of those involved in developing the material, are both outrageous and shocking. Here are some excerpts from her interview with the Project Veritas journalist. Koerber was not aware that her candid responses would be available for wide distrubution.
“The dead white guys did not create this country,” Koerber says. “They [presumably conservatives] want to talk about those dead white guys.”
“People who say they want to teach the Constitution, only want to teach the part of the Constitution that they like,” she tells the journalist, who then asks her about the Second Amendment.
“But yet they don’t want to teach all of it,” she replies. “Damn the Second Amendment.”
“People that are not educated, Fox TV viewers think that Common Core comes from the educated liberal groups and that’s why they are against it. They don’t know anything about it. They think it’s liberal so they’re against it. That’s what I think it is. It’s a knee jerk reaction. My mother, oh my God, she’s a Fox person. If I could remove Fox from my television set, I would…”
“I did a big presentation yesterday for AP US History and the AP US History agenda was set, until Texas got upset about it and they wanted to have their founders – they wanted founders in it. And it’s like – come on. The dead white guys did not create this country. It was a whole bunch of different kinds of people. And yes there were women, and yes there were people of color, and yes…you need to talk about them too. But they want to talk about those dead white guys.”
[Regarding the Constitution] “You should know a little bit about it, you shouldn’t have to memorize the thing.”
“I…I can’t stand it. If they talk to me one more time about…climate change not being real, I’m just gonna scream.”
“I think the progressive bias is the more educated you are, the better you are, and the conservative bias is the less they know the better they are going to be. Yeah.”
“It’s conservative push back, that, they are afraid. So these conservative, these conservative voters are afraid of everything.”
“Damn the Second Amendment. I don’t think personal handguns need to be on anyone except the government, the police. What is the purpose of having a gun?”
“The separation of church and state they [conservatives] don’t understand. They don’t like that. They don’t like equal rights between all groups. The voter suppression that is going on in the south is just unbelievably awful.”
The objective of Common Core is not education, it is indoctrination. The arrogance and elitist attitude of this executive is stunning, but no doubt typical of these types of “educators” who want to push their agenda from on high in Washington D.C. No wonder our kids keep falling further and further behind when compared to students from other countries. The elites are spending so much time preaching their liberal claptrap that there is no time left for the three “R’s”.
The idea that the public should participate in the education of our nation’s children is a good one. But when it is mandated by a central power such as Washington D.C. by a corrupted bureaucracy such as the U.S. Department of Education, the temptation to skew the material and proselytize for those in power is too great. Education must be returned to local control, and content needs to be excised of agenda driven, leftist nonsense.
If that is not possible, public schools should be shut down and the public given the money to find a private school of their choice. The free market improves selection and quality every time it is implemented, and that would surely be the case here. Finally, as an example, California now spends $14,500 per year per student for education, but has a horrendous record of student progress and performance. Surely such a sum, for only 9 months of instruction, could be used more effectively than it now is, putting young, impressionable students under the tutelage of the likes of Koerber.