In a world that seems to be full of people who wring their hands, pine for the past and do little else, a New York mom showed uncommon character in her effort to lead the national protest “Don’t Send Your Child to School Day” against Common Core.
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.
That marginalization through accusation didn’t stop Janet Wilson from standing up for kids and against the standards which she believes are a federal intrusion into local schools. Wilson, like other Common Core opponents, also objects to the data mining which is a core element of Common Core.
Wilson, who had little experience in the political world, used her skills in cross marketing to thrust the “Don’t Send Your Child to School Day” effort into the social media world. She launched the national protest from her website, SayNoToCommonCore.com, and shared it all over Facebook and Twitter. The response was overwhelming.
As a result, the attacks began. In no time, the Huffington Post published a hit piece referring to “people like Wilson — and far-right heroes like Glenn Beck and former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul” as religious zealots on a crusade.
However, it was and wasn’t God who inspired Wilson. “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 an unpopular stand. “For the first time in my life, I have put all of my trust in God,” she said referring to the abuse she knew she would face from opponents and the success of this grassroots movement. “I hope people realize the immense power of prayer and that I am a perfect example of how with God, anything is possible!”
At the end of the day on November 18th, Janet’s website had been viewed over 198,000 times and shared on Facebook over 20,000 times.
“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.”
On Monday, Wilson, who is dropping her registration as a Democrat, was joined by thousands of parents across the country of all races and ethnicities, with and without faith, with and without children in school, contrary to the portrait Duncan wanted to paint.