Glenn Beck says the Common Core is "creating millions of slaves"

The always-hysterical far-right pundit remains deeply concerned about shadowy forces coming for our children

Published July 22, 2014 1:49PM (EDT)


Glenn Beck's war on the Common Core soldiered on during Sean Hannity's radio show on Monday, as the former Fox News star unleashed his usual hyperbole by describing the Common Core as a form of slavery.

"It's a dumbing-down of our society, and it's not just done for propaganda purposes," Beck answered after Hannity asked him to describe why it "must be stopped." Beck then went on to (rightly) note that Bill Gates' foundation has spent large sums of money to promote the new educational standards.

Saying it was "gigantic business," because Common Core-aligned standardized tests cost taxpayers $40-a-pop and because children fail them so frequently, Beck implied that the whole program was a scheme for corporations to use children in order to turn a profit.

After Hannity posited that all of the nation's problems can be traced back to a public education system that doesn't sufficiently celebrate American greatness, Beck noted that Common Core will make kids "believe anything" and diminishes critical thinking. And here's where slavery came in.

"Look, all you have to do is look at what was illegal to do to slaves ... the only thing that was illegal to do to slaves? Teach them to read. ... If you taught them to read ... you go to jail," Beck explained. "You could have sex with them; you could beat them to death — but you can't [sic] teach them how to read."

"That's what we're doing," Beck intoned. "We're creating millions of slaves that are dependent on someone."

You can listen to Beck's appearance on Hannity's show below, via Media Matters:

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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