Parent Arrested for Questioning the Common Core Curriculum*
By JG Vibes
This week in Maryland a parent was arrested and charged with second degree assault on a police officer after speaking out at a town hall meeting organized by the local education board. Like most town hall forums, this meeting was a sham, where the officials would only answer pre-selected, politically correct answers that they approved of.
The meeting was about a new style of curriculum that is being implemented at public schools called “common core”. Many critics have accused this new curriculum of dumbing down the material, which would go along with the progression that we have seen over the past several generations.
Robert Small, age 46, was one of the only parents with the courage to speak up, despite the fact that many other parents cheered him on.
“Look, I am being manhandled and shut down because I asked inconvenient questions,” Small said.
“Why won’t they allow an open forum where there can be a debate? We are told to sit there and be lectured to about how great common core is.”
As he was being taken out, Small said,
“Don’t stand for this. You are sitting here like cattle.” Then he said, “Is this America?”
According to the Baltimore Sun he was taken to the Towson precinct and detained. Small was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, which carries a fine of $2,500 and up to 10 years in prison, and disturbing a school operation, which carries a fine of $2,500 and up to six months.
Small was reportedly charged with assault for “pushing” the plain-cloths off duty cop when he was first approached. However, that encounter was filmed by multiple people, and it is obvious that small didn’t push anyone, he simply backed up and lifted his hand to hold his ground so he could finish speaking.
This reportedly occurred at a regional forum hosted by BCPS (Superintendent S. Dallas Dance, Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian Lowery and Maryland PTA President Ray Leone) on September 19, 2013. This was part of the Maryland State Department of Education sponsored four regional public forums for parents, educators, students and others to learn and ask questions about the Common Core State Standards. Yet it is being implemented in the current school year.