Update (Jan. 15, 2016): Following release of this undercover video and an appearance by Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe on the Alex Jones Show, the executive that appears in the video has been terminated, according to a press release from Houghton Mifflin.
Original article appears below…
“It’s never about the kids,” an executive for one of the largest Common Core textbook publishing companies admits in a recent undercover sting video released exclusively to Infowars.
“There’s always money in it,” according to Amelia Petties, Strategic Account Executive for Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, who told undercover journalists with Project Veritas that rebranding Common Core would generate huge profits, kids be damned.
In the video, Petties claims the Common Core curriculum is here to stay, but that “slapping a new name on it” couldn’t hurt, “Because I can sell a shit ton of training around whatever you’re calling it.”
When asked whether the quality of children’s lessons ever influence the sales of textbooks, Petties replies, “It’s never about the kids.”
Petties’ admission makes her the second Houghton Mifflin representative to be caught on tape admitting that profits trump their textbooks’ educational value.
On Tuesday, Project Veritas released another video exposing questionable comments made by Houghton-Mifflin West Coast sales manager Dianne Barrow, who made it a point to proclaim, “I hate kids.”
“I’m in it to sell books,” Barrow told undercover reporters. “Don’t even kid yourself for a heartbeat.”
“It’s all about the money,” she added. “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,” she stated.
Houghton-Mifflin Senior Vice President Bianca Olson confirmed to the Daily Mail Tuesday Barrow has since been terminated.
Project Veritas took off in 2009 after the group shed light on community organizer ACORN’s nefarious activities, and has since worked to expose voter fraud, the wide open border and now the dangers behind the Common Core curriculum.
The latest admissions will no doubt bolster the growing movement to repeal federal Common Core standards.
Amelia Petties has not yet responded to Infowars’ request for comment. Infowars is also awaiting reply from Houghton Mifflin.
If you’d like to ask about the status of Ms. Petties, contact the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, Bianca Olson at [email protected]
The CEO is Linda Zecher. Her email (we think) is [email protected].
Watch journalist and Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe discuss this video and the growing movement to repeal Common Core on the January 14 edition of the Alex Jones Show: