Editor's note: Read Glenn Beck's point-by-point rebuttal to critics who argue Common Core is not anything to be concerned about -- Click here. The research was assembled by American Principles project and Beck's research team.
Glenn Beck opened his radio show Monday in a state of near disbelief over an MSNBC promo where anchor Melissa Harris-Perry calmly explains how your children don't really belong to you -- they belong to the collective.
"It's almost a parody of reality," Beck said of the clip. "It is so far beyond what we have ever thought as a nation, it's remarkable..."
For those who haven't seen the advertisement, Harris-Perry says:
We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we've always had kind of a private notion of children. Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven't had a very collective notion of these are our children. So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. [Emphasis added]
Watch the ad below, via Newsbusters:
Beck spent roughly an hour of his program breaking down the promo, and how it connects to the larger issues today.
First, he explained why the ad shouldn't be dismissed, and how it will be "so appealing" to a startling percentage of the population:
"...The idea behind this is going to be so appealing to so many people. So many people are going to say, 'I love that.' Because I'm freaked out. I don't know what to do with my kids... They're unruly. They're whatever. I don't know what to do. And so the State will relieve you of that.
And I think that there's a good 20 to 30% of America, maybe even higher now, I'm not sure, [that] will gladly have the State take that over so they don't have to worry about it. Yet another one of your responsibilities taken from you ‑‑ I'm sorry. Another one of your responsibilities that you will gladly hand over because you don't know what to do. And so they will do it for you: Don't worry! We'll raise your kids. We'll train your kids. We'll educate your kids because it's working out so well... [Emphasis added]
"This is exactly what we warned about," Beck said. "This is the fulfillment of so many things that we have said on this program."
Beck referenced Agenda 21, which emphasizes "the collective" over the individual, noting that it's been branded a conspiracy theory among adults while children are learning about it in school.
But while the notion has been reserved largely for theoretical papers thus far, Beck claimed it is growing legs in America's academic curriculum and connected it to the concerns recently raised about two programs called Common Core and CSCOPE:
"It's already being implemented with Common Core. It's already been implemented here in Texas with CSCOPE. You don't have a right to see as a parent what your children are learning. You go to a Texas school and say, "Let me see the curriculum." You can't. "Let me see that test that you are teaching through CSCOPE." You can't. You're a parent. You don't have a right to know.
And this is not some kooky panelist misspeaking, Beck noted. This is a pre-planned promotion that had to go through layers of approval and planning.
"Here's our point of view -- that your children don't belong to you," Beck said in amazement. But more than that, "this is an organization that had its hosts meeting with the president regularly," co-host Stu Burguiere noted.
From there, Beck read excerpts from a stunning 2012 article in Pravda, which used to be the official paper of the USSR.
"Bye, bye Miss American Pie. The Communists have won in America with Obama... Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them," it says.
The article continues: "They read history in America don't they? Alas, the schools in the U.S. were conquered by the Communists long ago and history was revised thus paving the way for their Communist presidents."
"Wow," was all the co-hosts could say.
But in some ways, they concluded, the controversial ad is actually a good thing. While many would have preferred to see a more moderate tone from the popular news network, at least they're being honest.
"I told you there would come a time when they would show you their true colors," Beck said.