Project Veritas released their second video, and like the first the subject is an employee of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I should say soon-to-be-ex-employee as the last employee featured in James O’Keefe’s documentary was fired.
This time it’s Amelia Petties who is a strategic account executive at the textbook publishing giant. She said it’s not about the kids.
“It’s never about the kids,” Petties said.
“And slapping a new name on it, which in my case I hope they do…I can sell a sh** ton of training around whatever you’re calling it,” she added. “There’s always money in it”… “I don’t think Common Core is going to go anywhere.”
Again, this is not a surprise, and like I said before I don’t think this will help move the cause forward. We’ve always know the profit motivation with publishers jumping on Common Core. New standards require new textbooks and curriculum.
Rebranding is profitable.
Also bear in mind this is one of two people in a company that employs thousands, and right now the videos center on employees whose primary concern is to sell books. While this video is more compelling than the first, especially with teacher interviews added, I still don’t think this is a smoking gun. What I think they’ve ultimately accomplished is to put people’s careers in jeopardy, the textbook publishing employees I don’t mind as much – they shouldn’t bad mouth the company they work for. I am concerned about the teachers they have talked to who were not realized they were being tapped.