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Undercover Common Core Video: Executive Says “I hate kids, it’s all about the money

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James O’Keefe, president and founder of Project Veritas, released a powerful and troubling video showing a regional sales executive at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, one of the country’s leading textbook publishers and profiteers of Common Core admitting that Common Core is all about the money.

In this video, Project Veritas journalists visit with America’s top textbook publishing companies, the moneymakers of Common Core, in an effort to expose how crony capitalism is taking over America’s educational system. Shockingly, our journalists caught a publishing executive mocking her own immoral behavior and then laughing about it on hidden camera.

In O’Keefe’s video, Dianne Barrow, the West Coast Accounts Manager for Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt was caught on camera saying, “You don’t think that the educational publishing companies are in it for education do you? No. They’re in it for the money. The fact that they have to align the educational standards is what they have to do to sell the books.”


As you can see in the video, Barrow reveals how the textbook industry prioritizes profits over students.

“It’s a joke,” a Brooklyn, NY teacher confirmed in the undercover video. “It’s all a money game.”

After explaining how Common Core is overwhelmingly profit driven, Barrow went on to say, “I hate kids. I’m in it to sell books. Don’t even kid yourself for a heartbeat.”

“The publishing companies are the winners in the game,” stated Kirk Williams of PS 140 in the Bronx, NY.

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

About Project Veritas

Project Veritas is a non-profit investigative news organization conducting undercover reporting. Project Veritas investigates and exposes corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions to achieve a more ethical and transparent society. Project Veritas is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.