Maryland Parent Arrested for Challenging Common Core


At a Towson, Maryland school board meeting on Thursday, a parent attempting to ask questions about Common Core was arrested and charged with second-degree assault of a police officer.  The event was recorded by another parent and later related by yet another to Michelle Malkin.  Robert Small focused on the lowering of educational standards in his complaint, saying "You are not preparing them for Harvard," but rather a community college.

The meeting was a question-and-answer session organized by Superintendent Dallas Dance, but – as is becoming increasingly common – questions were submitted on paper, and select questions were answered, rather than allowing parents to stand up and speak.  This format allows for the censoring of questions, and indeed the questions answered by the meeting's panel were, according to the person videotaping, "softball" questions.

"In a nutshell, it was an hour and a half long and the first hour was Dallas Dance, Lillian Lowery, a PTA leader, and a teacher from Cantonsville High School basically tell us how great this was going to be."  Multiple parents in the room had already shown frustration at the question selection when Small stood up and began to ask challenging questions.  He spoke briefly before being escorted out by security and arrested.  "He was just a dad trying to get some information about his children's education and ended up in jail for not sitting down and shutting up," the letter said.

Common Core has been the subject of increasing scrutiny in recent months as it grows closer to being implemented in most states in the country.  The federal system of education standards was always criticized for being unconstitutional, and was thrust upon states in a manner completely lacking transparency or accountability, but it was only recently that the problems with the curriculum itself have been revealed.

Since then, multiple states have pulled out of Common Core, with even more ready to follow suit.  The math program does not demand correct answers, just justification of answers, and the English program emphasizes "informational texts" (which at best are more suited for social studies courses, and at worst are outright propaganda) rather than classic literature and analysis.  Even the literature is sexually explicit and comes with ideologically biased questions.

Third graders are taught to argue using emotionally charged language, and even to use such tactics against their own parents.  The text of the Constitution has even been altered in textbooks adhering to the program's standards, and in textbooks written by the College Board, which administers SAT and AP exams, and which will revise its own exams to adhere to the standards even in states in which they are not accepted.  In addition, the program involves data mining of a wide variety of education and non-education-related topics, such as beliefs and disciplinary history.

This is a perfect example of the kind of tactic advocated by Agenda 21.  Written and pre-censored questions remove accountability, and have grown increasingly popular in recent years because of this, but this format is very easy to oppose.  Robert Small simply stood up and spoke, and drew attention to the issues, and though he was arrested, that arrest only drew more attention to the situation.

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  • Joe

    love this as the Libs are continuing to implement Communist Core..... Wake up parents and get engaged

  • neomatsu

    Thats right vote this school admin out of office and take your schools back. when a parent cant ask a question of the people educating their children, then we have become a fascist state!!! Shame on you Towson, Maryland school board you are the reason that this great nation is going down the tube!!!!

  • Lloydl333

    I experienced the Board of Education/COP Intimidation in Westminster, CA. It really ticked me off that the cop was there and the reason he was there.
    Board members want people to be afraid so they won't be ask hard questions.
    The COP is the criminal and should be punished for civil rights violations.

  • jimof ct

    Government control. AS A COLLEGE STUDENT AT A catholic COLLEGE I LISTENED AS THE BROTHERS CHALLENGED "THE CONCIENCE OF A CONSERVATIVE" PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PATIENTLY EXPLAIN THAT TAKING COVERNMENT MONEY ULTIMATELY WOULD LEAD TO BEING FORCED TO TAKE COURSE CONTENT REQUIREMENTS, TEXT BOOKS AND ACCEPTANCE OF PASS FAIL CRITERIA SO AS TO ADVANCE AN AGENDA NOT THAT OF THE INSTITUTION.
    COMMON CORE IS HERE AND NOW IT FULFILLS HIS PREDICTION!
    EDUCATION WILL GO THE WAY OF ALL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS I.E. DOWN HILL ! LOCAL CONTROL AND PARENTAL ABILITY TO CHOSE INSTITUIONS BASED ON THEIR INTENDED EXPERIENCE FOR THEIR CHILDREN IS NOT ALLOWED IN A "PROGRESSIVE" SOCIETY.
    GOD SAVE US FROM THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA'S VALUES AND TRADITION OF FREEDOM. VOTE IN OUR NEXTNATIONAL ELECTION 2014 TO RID congress OF THE DEMOCRAT "PROGRESSIVES AND RINO repubicans all of whom go along to get along AND REMAIN IN THE ELITE HALLS OF CONGRESSIONAL POWER.

  • Suzanne

    So it now comes down to freedom of speech being disorderly conduct; taxpayers being denied a voice because it goes against what the local BOE is promoting and implementing. Of course they would pick and choose the questions "they" want to answer since answering honest questions and facing the challenge from parents is beneath them. They would rather "exercise" their self proclaimed power over the education of other people's children.
    And unfortunately, only one man stood up against the board's support of common core. I think a good question to ask that school board is why they thought security was necessary? Let's be honest here, who was assaulting who?

  • Knife10

    The cohesiveness of the "progressives" (communists) on their agenda and their pervasiveness throughout government and education at all levels is truly amazing. They have become like termites gnawing away at the foundation of our society. It's time for some pest control.

  • mari

    Get the federal government out of education. States should be in charge of how and what children are taught. Get rid of the Department of Education. When the feds took over from the states. promises were made (more money, consolidated work, and large-scale buying power). Instead, schools got money with controls, additional programs to be taught that had nothing to do with curriculum (social propaganda), and paperwork up the wazoo. Parents need to vote for those who want smaller government, if they want to ever have a voice in their child's education.

  • http://americaisboiling.com/ frog-out-of-kettle

    Good ole MD...has become an extension of DC and the governor never met a tax he didn't like and has aspirations for the WH in 2014.

  • Ron G

    The security officer was in the guys face and pushing him. If any charges are to be pressed it should be against the security officer. As far as the school board is concerned, do like we did. We organized the parents and the community and replaced the board members.

  • tom

    And the establishment of the dictatorship continues.

  • drikk

    Jury nullification. The last bastion of defense against a tyranny. See if they can find 9 men who are not angry with the feral government.

    • Knife10

      Good word choice: "feral government". Sorta captures the zeit geist of our country.

  • celticreeler

    Thanks for posting this. Parents and taxpayers getting "facilitated" into drawing the conclusion foreordained is a familiar story.

    Washington DC is beyond our help, certainly as long as they think they are tasked with controlling all the subatomic particles in the universe. They see nothing, hear nothing, know nothing. Try to put them out of your mind (for now.) The investment of time and energy will pay off so much more in your local city council/county commission/school board. Get the agenda in advance...often available from the website of that particular political subdivision. Look to see if they have a "public comment period" in the meeting, and for any "public hearings" for specific agenda items. Be prepared to have to identify yourself, and state your address for the record...they need to justify later whether you are their "constituent" or not, before they heed your petition. If they are spending tax money, that meeting had BETTER be open to the public. Be polite, but be firm. Closed sessions are usually reserved for sensitive issues like personnel or legal things.

    I pray Mr. Small will not have big legal bills.

    Remember the first amendment: "...to peaceably assemble, and petition their government for redress of grievances."

  • informed

    We need to take education back to the Constitutional program run by the STATES, parents and the local PTA. The Federal programs only allow the government to collect taxes and redistribute at significantly REDUCED value while filling the pockets of the politicians. IT NEEDS TO STOP! The local PTA, sponsored by parents is far more efficient and capable of doing a PROPER job.

  • Steve

    They need the populace dumbed down and with lower expectations to accept what is happening to this country and this economy.

  • randykyle

    These "events" need to be recorded and blasted out to every possible venue of a still free (for now) information system. Start checking for jack-boots on the "teachers" when you drop little Johnny or Janie off into the "care" of the Soros indoctrination machine.

  • Doc

    You have the power of the vote. Vote these marxists out of office. Your town, take it back!