Michelle Malkin: I really think this We Will Not Conform event is providential

There are only a few opportunities in life to make a real difference by standing up for what you believe in. On Tuesday, Glenn Beck Fathom Events invite you to your local movie theatre to experience a live national night of action against Common Core. We Will Not Conform is a chance 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.

We Will Not Conform isn’t a typical show, it’s an interactive experience where theatregoers will work with experts and others in pursuit of real, tangible strategies to wake up our friends and neighbors and make our voices heard. This isn’t an evening about observing, it’s a chance to learn, share and engage with people as frustrated and motivated as you are.

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Conservative author and commentator Michelle Malkin has been on the forefront of exposing the truth about Common Core, and she will be a part of Tuesday’s live broadcast. On radio this morning, Malkin joined Glenn to discuss her role in the event and why the American people are winning the fight against Common Core.

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While it is easy to feel defeated in this gridlocked political climate, Common Core is one of the rare issues in which concerned parents and teachers who refused to sit down and shut up have made a remarkable impact. In June, both South Carolina and Oklahoma repealed the Common Core standards, and several other states are in the process of following suit.

“I have been in so many of these battles where you’re constantly under siege and you feel like no progress is being made,” Malkin said. “And I think because you have so many committed parents and educators and local administrators out there who have been able to connect with each other in a way they haven’t had been able to before, that you are seeing as much progress as we have been.”

Glenn asked Malkin if she believes parents and educations have been so successful in pushing back against this particular education reform because of the resources available today. Because of the Internet, people from all over the country can unite and communicate in a way that wasn’t possible just a few decades ago. Furthermore, technology makes it much more difficult to bury the truth about something like Common Core.

“I think [the Internet has] been the great equalizer and leveler in sharing and disseminating information and getting people across the country to know that – as you always say – they are not alone,” Malkin said. “There’s never been a mechanism before as immediate.

Ultimately, Malkin explained she is most excited to participate in Tuesday’s We Will Not Conform event because she believes it will prove to be an incredibly important step in further galvanizing the movement.

“I really think this event tomorrow is providential because we are at a critical moment in this movement… What you’ve committed yourself to doing is acting as an unprecedented catalyst to ensure that progress does not backslide,” Malkin concluded. “What’s unique about success is that it comes when we are able to transcend political and ideological lines… You have seen it. You have been a part of it. You broadcast it. And that’s why the other side is so afraid, because what you are doing is empowering people. What could be more threatening to the people in power than that?”

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    But who will listen to it that is the thing. You can start movement after movement but if the government does not listen you might as well be yelling in a tornado. I am not saying give up but their is got to be a better way to do this.

  • Crassus

    Frankly, I don’t give a rat’s ass one way or the other about Common Core. It’s become a boob bait issue for the suburban sucker moms. There’s a helluva lot more on the platter.

  • Larry Conner

    It’s all about the money….

  • Garth Häävelschlockë

    I guess you are for the dumbing down of America then?

  • http://www.tcsvoices.com Jennifer T

    Then you probably don’t need to comment on the issue.

  • James Lisek

    We need to focus less on the SYMPTOMS of Washington’s incompetence and focus more on the CAUSES of their incompetence.

    Fix the foundation and the rest will right itself. The foundation of our gov’t has been broken since 1913. And this faulty foundation has resulted in laws for every conceivable thing and an enormous debt to boot.

    Here are the cracks in our foundation:
    1) The Federal Gov’t is in charge
    2) The Federal Gov’t taxes individuals (therefore, companies)

    Here’s how #1 happened:
    Originally the federal gov’t had 3 equally-important entities at the federal negotiating table. These were the ONLY three entities in the US that had an interest in EVERY law the federal gov’t would pass:
    - We the People (the House of Rep)
    - The States (the Senate)
    - The Executor of Laws (the Executive branch, POTUS through veto power)

    Then in 1913 our leaders removed the states from the federal negotiating table by passing the 17th Amendment. Now negotiations look like:
    - We the People (the House)
    - We the People (the Senate)
    - The Executor of Laws (POTUS via veto)

    The Senate is no longer accountable to their State Legislatures. This is the single action that led to America believing the federal gov’t is supposed to be in charge of everything in the US (against the Founder’s design of 3 equally-powerful entities checking-and-balancing each other). The federal gov’t now overruns the state gov’ts…and by proxy: YOU (collectively: We the People).

    And don’t fool yourself into thinking that We the People, having 2 seats at the table, are more powerful than the Executive (POTUS). Our power is divided (into 2 Houses with over 500 members) while the POTUS is one person whose power is focused. When was the last time you felt the federal gov’t was listening to you? Right, that proves the point…if the President doesn’t want to do it, it doesn’t get done (who wags whom?).

    And there’s a reason why our Founders “Bill-to-Law Process” started in the House. This way all law begins with We the People…then gets input from the States and the Executor of Laws. This design purposely put We the People in the driver’s seat…are we today?

    This setup allows bills to pass QUICKLY into law since one of the 3 interested parties has no say in them. The result is many more laws that aren’t well thought out (since an interested party has been excluded from negotiations). End each law that tramples on states, necessarily tramples on We the People who live in states.

    Now #2:
    Originally the federal gov’t got its operating budget from the state gov’ts ONLY. The attempts to get money directly from We the People were ruled by the Judiciary to be unconstitutional. So, what would any red-blooded American who loved themselves more than the Constitution do? Instead of “protect & defend” they “changed & enriched” themselves.

    In 1913 they passed the 16th Amendment that made direct taxation of US citizens the law of the land. And, in doing so, injected themselves into every taxation debate effecting every individual in the entire country. They also generated enormous wealth for the federal gov’t, so you might think we would never have problems paying for anything our gov’t needed. RIGGHHHHT! (as Bill Cosby used to say so well)

    With this windfall our gov’t did what most people who aren’t used to money do: they overspend it. They’ve also enriched themselves over and over again…how many in Congress (both houses) report an income of ONLY their gov’t salary? How many in Congress (both houses) have a SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER net worth only AFTER being elected (they never made money hand-over-fist before being a “public servant”, but they sure do after!)?

    The answers to these and many other questions can be found by Googling them…do your own research. This is how a gov’t windfall (individual taxation) became a personal windfall for elected officials (who changed our Constitution & enriched themselves at our expense).

    Without these 2 amendments we would have 50 test cases (the states) to see what combination of freedoms vs. regulations works best. The state with the largest population would win, as many would flock to its borders for a true American Dream. Another aspect of this is that there would be 50 different cultures to choose from and you could choose which one fit best with your personal life principles…we would all have choices.

    With these amendments we are on our way to an America where all states are run by the federal gov’t and operate exactly the same. A new name may soon be in order for us: The United Socialist States of America.

    As it is, this structure has saddled Americans with ENORMOUS DEBT that we can’t possibly pay off in even 5 generations. Stop this insanity and restore states to the federal negotiating table because this is entirely gov’t’s fault and gov’t needs to repair our Constitution – and they WON’T do it on their own! We the People need to ensure they do it.

    Fix the foundation and the rest will right itself.

    —–

    Now, regardless of politics, we need to get together as a group of “We the People” and agree to a particular path that will fix our foundation. This is a call to action, not a plea for agreement. If you agree then act…find those in your area that are like-minded and determine among yourselves what it will take to influence your federal representatives to take these “foundation-fixing” actions. And if they don’t take them, or give you some cop-out answer have them fired if they’re up for election, or recalled if they’re not.

    The cop-out I hear the most is “I support doing this via the 10th Amendment”. Well the Tenth states:

    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

    …meaning if the Constitution gives the federal gov’t powers, the federal gov’t keeps those powers. So, since the 16th & 17th Amd. are in the Constitution they are UNTOUCHABLE via the 10th Amd. Politicians who tell you this cop-out are untrustworthy and should be recalled (if this were the solution it would have been done in the 100+ years since these amendments passed).

    Therefore, the only option to get rid of the harmful effects of the 16th & 17th Amendments is repeal.

    The States can do this through the Convention of States, or Congress can do this as leaders in their own right. Currently the Convention of States ISN’T focused on this foundational fix…but We the People can change that. Congress doesn’t want this fix either, but we can change that. It ALL starts with us…We the People. It’s time to ACT.

    You are the key: copy and paste this message, share it as many times as you need to in order to get ALL elected officials to make these changes. ALL elected officials means: STATE Legislatures, your US Senators and House Representatives, etc. Talk to people about this, get your teenagers to understand it so they’re actually prepared to vote when they’re legal, this is OUR country and it’s WORTH talking about and FIXING.

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  • Paul Havig

    I agree with Crassus. As a conservative teacher who has lived with Common Core standards for a few years now, my concerns about Common Core rank about 24 of 25 on my list of concerns (and I can’t think of what 25 is right now). The CC came from the NGA (National Governors Association), NOT the federal government, and were voluntarily adopted by state legislatures and can be voluntarily changed. Ask any reading or writing teacher in America — they’re NOT dumbed down; if anything they’re much more rigorous than most past state standards. I wish Glenn and Michelle would get off this one a little . . .

  • jack lehr

    I do not believe you. I have many teachers as friends (some have been my friends since we were in school). Public education is firmly left wing, representing the extreme left of half the population and not representing the other half at all. Changing standards means going up against the completely corrupt and dishonest administrators and the corrupt and very aggressive unionists. I have heard too many stories about the abuse conservatives and Christians endure in our “liberal” institutions. I do not believe your statement at all.

  • T funk

    Bill Ayers and others believe that education is the motor of revolution. It’s a communist quote with a lot of depth when it comes to shaping children. Bill Ayers is involved in common core he was arrested also for setting off bombs on on our own public buildings in the 60′s. It’s very important to be involved in what your kids are learning and knowing something about who’s teaching them.

  • T funk

    Here’s the problem we ranked 38 last year being beat out by China, viet nam, poland, portugal and the russian federation to name a few. A lot of these countries are dirt poor so money isn’t an issue for people to excel but the common factor is they are teaching math fundamentals and building on those principles. You can youtube Asian and finish professors who have looked at the curriculum who say they would never use it. We moved from a school that was slowing my kid down and confusing her. Common core was the common problem.

  • T funk

    Elect people who will represent the majority. is it to corrupt to do that anymore? Sadly it might be. We must know who we are voting for.

  • NMx

    whats worse than letting the enemy brainwash our children??

  • Paul Havig

    I don’t know where you live, but I live in Arizona and the teacher union here is very weak (right to work state). Most teachers here are not even in the union (I’m not) . . . I’m not sure what it is that I wrote that you don’t believe. A simple vote of your state congress (however it’s set up) and you can change the standards to whatever you want. Republicans (yes, conservative ones) in your state probably voted for the CC in the first place. Glenn Beck would even tell you I’m right.I’m just saying, I’ve read the actual reading and writing CC standards (more than I wanted to, believe me). They’re boring, thorough lists of skills students need to learn at different grade levels. I’m just not all that concerned. Vote Republican, right?

  • Crassus

    Where the hell have you been, Junior? America has already been dumbed into the ground.

  • Amanda Rivera

    I also just heard something that the administration was blackmailing our states with. Now I know everyone is bad mouthing no child left behind, however I was raised in the age of that coming online in my Jr high era. Yes, even at my age it angered me, but it only changed illiterate and Spanish speaking kids education, not mine. Common core changes everyone’s. And the blackmail is that if you don’t take common core, you’ll lose the no child left behind funding. This is a straight out lie. If the states refuse common core you will stay the same as we’ve been for the past twenty some odd years. We don’t need to dumb down our kids all of a sudden.

  • Timmy Mac

    AZ teacher Brad McQueen paints a far different, and honest, picture of Common Core in AZ. It is so far beyond the standards at this point. To discuss only the standards is short sighted. CC & RttT got their traction because the bill for NCLB was coming due and states could not make the payment. NCLB required that ALL children possess basic reading & math skills by 2014 or risk losing federal funding. Along with CC, Race to the Top granted waivers from NCLB. Since we couldn’t reach the lower bar set by NCLB, we’re now going to raise the bar even higher?!? Makes absolutely no sense. Do you really believe standards were raised in an effort to get students to achieve goals they couldn’t achieve under NCLB? The goal is to have all children educated equally. This means my children will be educated the same as the homeless child with a crack smoking mother & a ocked up father?? No thank you. Here in NY, I have yet to meet one teacher that loves, and agrees with, Common Core. To say this is not Federal is exposing your lack of research & understanding of CC. To say the standards can be changed is an outright lie. How can they be changed if they are copyrighted?? And who copyrights educational standards? More importantly, why would anyone copyright educational standards?

  • Henry Brubaker

    Apparently common core means the school districts have to buy a lot of stuff.

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  • Esther Vandergaag Burchert

    I am a teacher. I taught in Texas for 17 years and the last few years here in Nevada. In Texas we opted out of Common Core because of rigorous, state mandated testing which forced teachers to raise the bar and forced kids to start thinking rather than regurgitating information. I moved here to Nevada where Common Core is supposed to save a school system which ranks 49 out of 50 states. I can tell you right now, I am glad I teach at a private charter school. Common Core is a joke when compared to the rigor of the standards as mandated by the Texas State Legislature and the Texas Board of Education. Granted, teachers in Texas are not happy with Governor Perry because of public school funding and salaries, etc. They are also not happy with the rigorous standards because most schools are now tying teacher pay to student performance on these tests. I am not 100% in agreement with that either. However, if I had the opportunity to go back to Texas to teach I would. These Common Core standards were designed to apply to all students. One size fits all program. As a special education teacher, these standards infuriate me. As a parent of two gifted, high achieving honor roll students – Common Core infuriates me. It is designed to address the needs of very few of our students. Your low performing students get left further behind. Your Special Education students do not get their needs addressed at all. Your High performing gifted students are forced to educate themselves unless their parents make mega bucks and can afford to put them in private schools. Common Core should be addressed. If you look at the statistics now, we fall so far behind the rest of the world in Math, Reading and Science. Common Core will cause us to fall even further behind. There is nothing good about Common Core. If we do not push back and try to fight this, there is a very real possibility that the future of our country will not be able to compete in the global marketplace because we will not be educated enough. Glenn Beck is not scaring us. He is trying to educate Americans so that we can fight for the future of this country.
    I have decided that after 20 years in the classroom I need to pursue my Masters Degree in administration. I need to stand up for the children of this country. I need to make sure that these kids can compete in a Global Economy tomorrow. I need to make sure that teachers go back to loving their jobs. I believe it begins with me. I am praying that those of you who are not taking this seriously will. Common Core is a very real threat to our country and its future.

  • Mark Tarte

    Paul, may I suggest you read this paper by a Stanford math professor and a professor of education from the University of Arkansas about common core?

    ftp://math.stanford.edu/pub/papers/milgram/ZimbaMilgramStotskyFinal.pdf

  • Michelle27

    The federal government dangled millions of dollars in front of state officials at a time when states were cash-strapped. In exchange, they had to agree to accept a set of standards which had not even been written yet. The standards were then written by five people (none of them educators) from two DC lobbying groups. When it was time to validate the standards, the only math expert and the only language arts/literature expert refused to validate the standards. They were then dropped from the panel and their names were not even mentioned in the subsequent report. Educate yourselves by watching the many credible videos on YouTube about this subject. Nice try, Mr. Havig. You either have no idea what you’re talking about or you are lying.

  • Anonymous

    A bunch of people who who cannot construct complete and coherent sentences complaining about declining education standards. ‘Merica!!

  • Anonymous

    Common Core is Communism. Obama is a Hitler!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rosalund

    People fighting against each other, instead of united to fight….united we stand….divided we fall.

  • BlueMN

    LOL This is the type of crazy that keeps me coming back here for more.

  • bucketnutz

    The Government doesn’t do anything without an agenda and once we allow our kid’s education to be a part of the agenda dujour, we have sold our kids out.

  • Guardian

    You are so easily amused. Telling.