In the past, I have expressed the view on this blog site that it is time for conservatism to get a soul. Politico is reporting now that conservatives in the fight against Common Core are beginning to see this problem themselves.
The anti-Common Core movement so far has been about saying “no” to the standards, “but at some point soon, we’ll have to define what ‘yes’ is — and school choice is a perfect ‘yes’ for people to galvanize around,” said Jim Stergios, executive director of the Pioneer Institute, a conservative think tank.
It appears this movement is gaining steam.
Already, the strategy is paying off. FreedomWorks started the year in contact with a few dozen stalwart foes of the standards; it now holds weekly strategy sessions with more than 200. “Common Core is bringing in people who are brand-new to activism. They’re coming out of the woodwork,” Neal said. “That’s huge for us.”
Americans for Prosperity’s state chapters also report membership growing because of the issue, even in states like Texas that have not adopted the standards.
“It’s been exhilarating” to watch momentum gather and allies come aboard, Fieler said. “I would characterize this as a tipping point.”
The opposition movement is even starting to draw in conservative Christian groups that in the past have mostly focused on promoting home schooling.
This is a good thing. Parents need to understand that this is a fight about who their children belong to. Are they going to abandon their children to federal slave masters or take dominion over the culture their children receive? In the past, on this blog, I have discussed this very point. Education is not simply about imparting facts. It is about imparting culture. What we need is to return to the godly culture the Founders gave us. This is the soul of consevatism, a godly culture for our children. The federal government will not give us what we need. We need to take it back from them. Senator Emery is right. We need to get our children away from the federal slave masters.