Glenn Beck took on the controversial Common Core State Standards on Tuesday’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor,” arguing that it’s all about “control” and forcing America’s students to “conform.”
“You always talk about a culture war, Bill, and that’s really what Common Core is all about. It’s about taking our kids and molding them into good little citizens, how ever the state wants those good little citizens,” Beck told host Bill O’Reilly, citing a post on TheBlaze.com outlining 10 ridiculous Common Core exercises.
He also pushed back against Republicans who support Common Core like Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who he called “progressive Republicans.” While he said he didn’t to speak for the politicians on why they support the controversial initiative, he said their ties to big business could have something to do with it.
As noted in his new book “Conform,” Beck brought up a 2009 speech by Bill Gates in which he talks about creating a “large uniform base of customers” while promoting Common Core.
“It will unleash a powerful market of people providing services for better teaching,” Gates said in the speech. “For the first time there will be a large uniform base of customers looking at using products that can help every kid learn and every teacher get better.”
Beck went on to say the argument that Common Core is only about helping America’s kids compete in education in the future is “nonsense.”
“Parents all across the county who are now trying to teach their kids math, trying to help with the homework, they know this is nonsense,” he said. “Who wants to stop kids from competing in the future? Who wants them not to be able to stand on their own two feet? That’s ridiculous.”
“Why are people like William Baer in New Hampshire arrested and taken out of a school library with like 20 people in there because he violated a two-minute rule when he said, ‘Hey, I don’t want my kids reading this book.’ … This is about control and conform, period,” Beck concluded.
Watch the interview via Fox News below: