Coming soon to a theater near you: the fight against Common Core.
Some of the highest-profile opponents to the Common Core State Standards are gearing up for alive eventon July 22, promising to make their opposition to the national standards heard loud and clear.
Conservative radio host Glenn Beck will host We Will Not Conform, a live event airing in over 650 movie theaters across the country. According to Becks website, the event is an opportunityfor anyone whos tired of sitting idly by as the federal government continues its takeover of our schools to come together and do something about it.
For 18 months, Beck has been meeting with many Common Core opponents to determine the best way to reach out to people to get them hyped up on how to fight against the education standards.
The one-night-only event wont just be a simple broadcast. In fact, its not even a movie -- theatergoers all across the country will have the opportunity to go beyond watching and will actually be able to call into the show and interact with conservative commentators like Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin and former Republican Party of Texas Vice Chair David Barton, both of whom have been staunch critics of the standards.
At the end of the show, participants will be given a unified plan of action to combat Common Core, but its uncertain what the plan actually entails.
Through the event, Beck says he hopes to educate people about the dangers of Common Core.
Educating our children is one of the most important responsibilities we have, and the system is failing. Common Core will only make things worse, he said.
We Will Not Conform is one of the first events of such a large scale to fight back against Common Core, which has been the source of controversy over criticisms of academic inferiority, psychological profiling and data mining.
Over the last year, opposition has spread like wildfire throughout the nation. Activist groups have staged protests. Theyve written their legislators. Theyve demanded action.
Amid the criticisms, politicians who originally supported the standards, like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, have opted to pull out of the standards entirely. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott ordered the Department of Education to hold public hearings on Common Core which resulted in nearly 100 revisions to the standards. The standards are now called the Florida Standards as part of a rebranding effort to distance the Sunshine State from Common Core.
The film will be shown in many theaters across the state.Tickets are $19 for adults and $15 for children.
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