A sales manager at one of the nation’s largest textbook companies has been fired after she was caught making controversial claims about Common Core on an undercover video.
Dianne Barrow, who was secretly recorded while at a restaurant by conservative muckrakers with Project Veritas, laughingly said that she “hate[s] kids” and simply does her job to sell books. While unknowingly being recorded, Barrow alleged that Common Core simply enables publishing companies to sell more textbooks and make more money.
“You don’t think that educational publishing companies are in it for the education, do you,” Barrow, the West Coast sales manager for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, said. “No, they’re in it for the money.”
“It’s all about the money,” she said again at another point in the video released Tuesday. “What, are you crazy? It’s all about the money.”
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Senior Vice President Bianca Olson confirmed to the Daily Mail on Tuesday that Barrow “has been terminated.”
“I hate kids,” Barrow had been caught on the undercover video saying. “I’m in it to sell books; don’t even kid yourself for a heartbeat.”
The company’s CEO, Linda Zecher, told the Daily Mail that she and her company are “as appalled by these comments as we expect readers will be.”
“These statements in no way reflect the views of HMH and the commitment of our over 4,000 employees who dedicate their lives to serving teachers and students every day,” Zecher said. “The individual who made these comments is a former employee who was with HMH for less than a year.”
Jodi Cohen, a Brooklyn teacher, seemed to confirm Barrow’s comments while speaking to an undercover journalist at what appears to be a bar.
“Oh my god, it’s all a money game,” she said. “And the things is, what they do is, they create some new f***ing system that f***ing sucks to sell more books, and then we have to learn something new with the students,” she said. “So it’s bulls**t.”
Besides Common Core, Barrow also weighed in on the 2016 presidential race.
“Who is listening to Donald Trump. I mean, come on,” she said of the GOP frontrunner. “Do you know who is listening to Donald Trump? It’s all old, white men that are frustrated with their lives.”
“It’s like a midlife crisis,” she continued. “And so, he doesn’t know policy, he doesn’t even — has he ever read the Constitution?”
Watch the heavily edited video from Project Veritas below.