‘Is this America?’ Parent arrested for speaking out against Common Core

The controversial new school curriculum known as Common Core has critics all over the country speaking out – including one parent who was arrested in Towson, Md., on Thursday.

Robert Small wanted to speak at a public forum hosted by the Maryland State Board of Education. While the format called for questions to be written on a piece of paper and given to the panel, Small stood in the audience and criticized the curriculum’s lower educational standards, saying children were being prepared for community colleges, according to the Baltimore Sun.

“You’re not preparing them for Harvard,” Small said.

When Small spoke, Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance told him that his questions would be answered. Small continued to speak until he was approached by a security guard.

The security guard, an off-duty Baltimore County police officer, showed his badge, pulled out handcuffs and pushed Small out of the forum, causing the audience to gasp, according to a YouTube video of the incident.

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

The Baltimore Sun described what happened next:

The officer pushed Small and then escorted him into the hall, handcuffed him and had him sit on the curb in front of the school. He was taken to the Towson precinct and detained. Small was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, which carries a fine of $2,500 and up to 10 years in prison, and disturbing a school operation, which carries a fine of $2,500 and up to six months.

The Maryland State Department of Education held the forum to explain the Common Core curriculum, being implemented in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Debate over the curriculum has grown, with opposition coming from the far-left and the tea party protesting federal control over education.

“Look, I am being manhandled and shut down because I asked inconvenient questions,” Small told the Sun in an interview on Friday. “Why won’t they allow an open forum where there can be a debate? We are told to sit there and be lectured to about how great Common Core is.”

A research manager for the Department of Veteran Affairs, Small has a second-grader and a sixth-grader who attend Howard County schools. He told the newspaper that he had nothing against community colleges, but he would like for his children to receive an education worthy of a four-year college.

The altercation was captured on this YouTube video:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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226 thoughts on “‘Is this America?’ Parent arrested for speaking out against Common Core

  1. Eric Evans says:

    This is how we as AMERICANS are treated now AMERICAN my rear this punk Azz cop should be fired along with the whole school board. Where has America gone wrong?, well for one we don’t live in a free country which our forefathers worked to create, we took GOD out of government,schools tv and homes, we let our government dictate what we Will do (for our own good), if we speak our minds our thoughts our worries or what we want or expect out of our governments elected officials we are called disruptive and hauled off to jail, or worse we are called terrorist! I say all of the people on the constitution have been spit on by this kind of actions against us ( true Americans) the people who have fought for our country, our equal rights wheat he black, female, gay, disabled, or any thing else and for those who gave their LIFE by bloodshed for the belief of a free and united country where people are free to speech, to own guns, to worship the way they want, to Mary who they want, or any other way of non confrontational right we hold dear to our soul our heart our commitment to a free country has been diminished by a corrupt government who holds their belief in only what they want is what matters not what the majority of the people who elected them to protect our rights, freedoms, beliefs, our country’s foundation, want. I dare any true American to stand up and be heard, you will be arrested and silenced by the people we have put into trust. We the people need to have another tea party, but this time throw this corrupt government in the harbor and we the Americans who love GOD and this nation we hold dear to our heart drink the tea! We the people my rear!

  2. Aaron Barnes says:

    if it about govt control than why would u want people to write down their Qs so the school board can look and see which ones will bring a good lite to the programs and only allow those?

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