Arriving at Regional Public Forum on the Common Core State Standards – Central Maryland Forum held September 19 at the Ridge Ruxton School in the Baltimore suburb of Towson, Maryland, Bob Small was determined to question the wisdom the federal government’s new standardized curriculum known as Common Core.
"I want to know how many parents here are aware that the goal of Common Core standards isn't to prepare our children for full-fledged universities, it's to prepare them for community college,” Small said, to applause.
“My question is, how does lowering America's educational standards prepare kids for community college?" asked Small, before a police officer moonlighting as a security guard forced Small out of the auditorium.
Small resisted and as he was being dragged away, the fed-up father of two implored his fellow parents to join him in resisting the rush to expose their children to the dangers posed by Common Core.
Common Core is a nationwide effort sponsored by the National Governors’ Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to establish one standardized curriculum. Critics of the effort point out that key scholastic subjects like math and literature are gutted under the Common Core system and children attending schools participating in the scheme will be subject to data mining of the sort that benefits government collectivism.
Video of the shocking police state-like treatment of a citizen exercising his First Amendment-protected rights in defense of his children has gone viral.
As the off-duty officer slapped the cuffs on him, Small shouted, “I'm not an activist, I'm a parent. I have a right to speak.”
For his part, Small was demonstrably incredulous not only at being hauled away, but at his fellow parents’ failure to come to his aid.
“Parents, take control. We’re sick of this. This is not a CNN political debate. This is a public town hall.... Listen, don’t stand for this. You’re sitting here like cattle. You have questions. Confront them. They don’t want to do it in public.... Parents, you need to question these people.”
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Photo at top: Screen-grab showing Robert Small (center) from YouTube video