Education

Anti-Common Core Event to Hit Movie Theaters Nationwide

By: Allison Nielsen | Posted: July 11, 2014 3:55 AM
We Will Not Conform

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 a live event on 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 Beck’s website, the event is an opportunity for anyone “who’s 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 won’t just be a simple broadcast. In fact, it’s 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 it’s 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. They’ve written their legislators. They’ve 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.



Reach Tampa-based reporter Allison Nielsen at Allison@sunshinestatenews.com or follow her on Twitter at @AllisonNielsen. 


Comments (6)

zeb
8:40PM JUL 22ND 2014
I am more conservatuve than Glenn Beck and I appreciate what he is doing to fight against Common Core and all of the other causes. However, I don't think this theater approach will help the cause. The only people who will pay $19 are die hard anti-common core people. I may have gone but I didn't get in from work until late and I then I couldn't find a local theater airing the program. I'm sorry if Glenn disagrees with me on this and I hope I am wrong.
Frank
1:59PM JUL 11TH 2014
Conspiracies-are-me . . . . by Glenn Beck . . . .

Pathetic (in advance) . . . .
Kathy Bolam
8:03AM JUL 11TH 2014
I hope local School Board Candidate Shirley Brown will attend and also all the other School Board Candidates, pro or con. Please be sure to invite Governor Scott and the State Dept. of Education. Their absence from a showing should be well noted and posted. If they don't want to hear the "other side" of the discussion, we don't need to vote for them.
Skeptic at Large
9:02PM JUL 12TH 2014
Presuming the "other side" refers to those opposing CC implementation, I'm sure Governor Scott and the State Department of Education has heard a shipload from them, much of it (not all) rehashes of misconceptions and misinformation. Common Core has flaws, particularly a too-much too-soon emphasis on assessment, but it wasn't born of a federal conspiracy, isn't a national curriculum, and particularly in math the standards improve on those previously used in most states.
Cynthia Crowe
7:27AM JUL 11TH 2014
The Sarasota School Board members have never had the courage to think for themselves, by putting our children first. ,Now they want to assist in building robots, because this is what Commen Core is. They all need to be ousted, and we hope the newly elected members will make things right. We can only hope.
Cynthia Crowe
7:27AM JUL 11TH 2014
The Sarasota School Board members have never had the courage to think for themselves, by putting our children first. ,Now they want to assist in building robots, because this is what Commen Core is. They all need to be ousted, and we hope the newly elected members will make things right. We can only hope.

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