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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476773882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476773889
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"CONFORM is an indispensable resource for every family fighting against progressive meddlers in education. With iron-clad facts and unbending reason, Glenn Beck debunks the most oft-repeated smears and lies propagated by the 'controllists.' CONFORM takes on the big money and big government special interests who have profited from the Common Core racket, attacked home-schoolers, and exploited public school classrooms."

- MICHELLE MALKIN, homeschooling mom, daughter of a public school teacher, author, and #stopcommoncore blogger

About the Author

Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network, is an eleven-time #1 bestselling author and is one of the few authors in history to have had #1 national bestsellers in the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s picture book genres. His recent fiction works include the thrillers Agenda 21, The Overton Window, and its sequel, The Eye of Moloch; his many nonfiction titles include Miracles and Massacres, Control, and Being George Washington. For more information about Glenn Beck, his books, and TheBlaze TV network, visit and

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Glenn Beck, a nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze, is the author of eleven #1 bestselling books: An Inconvenient Book, Glenn Beck's Common Sense, Arguing with Idiots, The Christmas Sweater and The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book, The Overton Window, Broke, The 7, The Original Argument, Cowards and Control. His other bestselling books include Miracles and Massacres, Agenda 21, The Real America, The Snow Angel and Being George Washington. Beck is also the publisher of Mercury Ink, a publishing imprint ( that, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster, released the #1 bestselling young adult series Michael Vey.

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Every parent with children in school should read the book.
John Moreno
A lot of people will disregard the book because of the Glenn's name but it really is a solid book with facts.
I learned a great deal about the truth behind our financial problem in our children's educational system.
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A Review of Conform: Exposing the truth about Common Core and Public Education"(2014) by Glenn Beck and Kyle Olson

This is not a heavy book and it is an easy read. Clearly written and logically argued this is the book on education to read if one was to pick only one for 2014! The liberal pundits may disagree and in tandem with the usual public education officials, they may try to sabotage this book. Their assertion will be that there is only one problem: we just do not spend enough on public education and not "investing" sufficiently in the future of our children! Allegedly, nothing is intrinsically wrong with the system, only we need to spend more money to improve the children's ailing self-esteem and "clarify values"!

The trend and statistics reveal the grim picture of a worsening situation despite increasing educational spending. In 1945, public school spending, nationwide, per pupil was $974. By 1992, this amount had risen to $5,216 (all $ figures in 1992 dollars). Despite a 5 times rise in per pupil spending (concomitant with a 2.5 times rise in salary for teachers), the results have been dismally disappointing. From 1950 to 1992, we have witnessed a 25 point drop in the SAT math scores and a 50 point drop in the SAT verbal scores, and they have continued to plummet and remain at the bottom of the barrel since that time.

And so the goals of public education have been perverted so that standards have been lowered to the lowest common denominator so that everyone is able to perform well and "no one is left behind." The truth is true academic excellence is no longer pursued; most important is not offending the sensitivities and "hurting" the self-esteem of underachievers, sometimes disrupting youths.
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115 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Pennie Wilson on May 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
An "educational read" pardon the pun. As usual, the obvious - the first one star review did not read the book and is just a Glenn Beck hater wanting to bring the rating down. If the reviewer had read the book - every fact is footnoted - not created by Mr. Beck. Read the book and do your own research if you have any doubt - especially about the dollars spent on education in the U.S. and the results - you will be shaking your head.
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56 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
Before Glenn Back started discussing "Common Core" on his radio program more than a year ago I was totally unfamiliar with it. Over the past several months more and more information has been trickling out about this insidious curriculum that is being touted by all the usual suspects on the Left. Now Glenn Beck and his co-author Kyle Olson present a comprehensive and devastating critique of this rather dubious educational initiative in their important new book "Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education". Here you will discover all of the sordid details and learn all of the powerful special interests promoting this program. They say that knowledge is power and my guess is that once you learn the facts you will join the growing number of Americans who are calling for the rejection of this extremely dangerous approach. Make no mistake about it... the future of our kids is at stake. The Founders well understood that education was best done at the state and local level. "Conform" is written in language that everyone can understand and as other reviewers have pointed out it is meticulously documented. It is the best way I know to quickly get up to speed on this monumentally important issue. By all means, read it and then pass it on to family, friends and neighbors. Highly recommended!
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36 of 47 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Jestic on June 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
1. I was interested in the book because I wanted to know --with hard examples--EXACTLY what this 'Common Core' IS. Finally on pg 94, two examples (only) were quickly discussed. I felt mislead (maybe my fault).
2. Those first 90 pages involve teacher bashing (and union bashing). Beck attempts to smear teachers as pushing for Common Core, but I know many teachers who oppose it, and many--even those in UNIONS-- who freely vote 'conservative.'
3.- He indicates that unions get union-favorable candidates elected to school boards so their agenda is rubber stamped. Not where I live, and Beck's book has example after example of the boards NOT rubber stamping (when he wants to make the point that citizens are fed up).
4-I refuse to take such a book seriously if it does not use data or interviews from current teachers, or why so many idealistic teachers abruptly leave the field. Why are we afraid to ask teachers, "What frustrates your teaching goals?," "How could the learning environment be improved?," "What do you see as the problem?" What negative changes have you seen in the last 10-20 years? When the premise is 'teachers must be the enemy--they're UNION,'you're avoiding input from those on the front line. Suddenly, everyone else is an expert.
5.-I'm married to a teacher. I'm sick of analytical discussions that dance around the myriad issues that affect education, then resort to the usual teacher (and union) bashing. I know of no industry or human endeavor where the instructor is at risk for termination when the learner fails--except education. Don't you shake your head watching someone's kids run amuck in stores and restaurants? Yeah, me too. You think that changes at the schoolhouse door?
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