Parent faces 10 years in jail for asking questions about Common Core

Robert Small asks questions about Common Core

Robert Small, a father of two, went to a panel in Towson, Maryland hoping to relay his concerns about Common Core, national curriculum standards pushed by the Obama Administration. Rather than answer his questions, state school officials intimidated him and subsequently had him arrested (emphasis added):

Small stood and interrupted Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance during a question-and-answer session and began to tell the audience that he believed the new curriculum was lowering the standards of education and was intended to prepare students for community colleges. “You are not preparing them for Harvard,” he said.
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When Small started speaking, Dance told him that he believed his question would be answered, but Small continued to talk. After a couple of minutes, a security guard confronted Small, saying, “Let’s go. Let’s go.”

Small, 46, asked him if he was an officer and the security guard, an off-duty Baltimore County police officer, showed him a badge. The officer grabbed Small’s arm and pulled him toward the aisle. The audience gasped and some people sitting nearby got out of their seats.

As he was being taken out, Small said, “Don’t stand for this. You are sitting here like cattle.” Then he said, “Is this America?”

Ann Miller at Examiner.com explains that most of the questions being asked were relatively softballs and that many parents in attendance were upset because their concerns about the standards weren’t addressed. She also noted that questions submitted by parents were altered or edited by the panel, citing her own question as an example. She described the meeting a “pom-pom and rah-rah session” for Common Core.

As you can see in the video below Small, while worked up about Common Core, wasn’t violent and based on news reports. Unfortunately, he now faces a $2,500 fine and up to 10 years in prison for speaking out against Common Core.


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