Last week, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan claimed that “white suburban moms” were the source of opposition to the Common Core standards. “Duncan said those moms are learning that “their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were” reported Eric Owens for the Daily Caller.
Janet Wilson did not let the marginalization through accusation stop her from standing up for kids.
Wilson, who believes that Common Core standards are a federal intrusion into local schools, used her marketing skills to launch the “Don’t Send Your Child to School Day” of protest into the social media world. The positive national response ignited the attacks.
The Huffington Post published a hit piece referring to “people like Wilson” as religious zealots on a crusade.
“When I first saw the third grade infidelity assignment that had gone viral on Facebook, I became aware that something was not right with education in this country. The more research I did, the more petrified I became.”
Wilson says it is her faith that gave her the confidence to take what Duncan and others want to portray as an unpopular stand. “For the first time in my life, I have put all of my trust in God. I hope people realize the immense power of prayer and that I am a perfect example of how with God, anything is possible!”
The grassroots effort is growing, and so is Wilson’s determination.
“My first reaction to Arne Duncan’s comments was laughter because if I didn’t laugh, I was going to cry. My daughter isn’t even old enough to go to school yet,” said the twenty-nine-year-old stay-at-home wife and mother. “I believe that Arne’s comment was directly aimed at me in response to the Huffington Post article where they tried to label me as an extremist because of my Christian faith.”
“It is sad to me that because I spoke up and exercised my freedom of speech, that I am now being labeled because of it. It is ridiculous that when I try to inform the American people about an issue that effects every single one of us, that I get attacked and marginalized. If the federal government won’t tell people about Common Core, I will. Federal education means federal control.”
Wilson launched the national protest from her website, SayNoToCommonCore.com. In just a matter of weeks, the site had been viewed over 198,000 times and shared on Facebook over 20,000 times.
Thousands of parents joined Wilson on Monday. Many believe that the new awareness brought by the national protest will fuel the fight that so many parents are determined to win.