Take Heart and Keep Fighting

Photo credit: Ian McWilliams (CC-By-2.0)
Photo credit: Ian McWilliams (CC-By-2.0)

I read a quote from President Abraham Lincoln today that I think we can apply to our current situation fighting for sound education policy.  He said, “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

Some of us feel discouraged about the House approving H.R. 5, the Student Success Act last week, and the U.S. Senate yesterday passing S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act.  We need to “have faith that right makes might.” Our message is going out.  It is resonating.  Even if the votes didn’t go our way we are still making a difference in the national conversation. We are forcing our leadership, candidates, etc. to discuss federalism as applied to education.

Our opposition to Common Core was cited numerous times, that is something we didn’t see even two years ago.  Notice also that three of the four presidential candidates in the U.S. Senate (U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio) voted “no” on S.1177.  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) didn’t vote at all.  We are making a difference, politicians are feeling the pressure we are bringing to bear as grassroots

So we need “to the end, dare to do our duty.”

Take heart.  Even this fight over No Child Left Behind is not finished.  The U.S. House and the U.S. Senate agreeing on a conference report reconciling their two bills is not certain.  President Obama may not yet sign any reauthorization.

If the bill does become law we will have to hold our elected officials accountable to what they promised us – greater local and state control.  If that does not happen we must hang them with their talking points.

Also, as far as the fight against Common Core is concerned, nothing has changed.  The battle has always been at the state level.  We need to continue to fight, but now we can not let legislators use the excuse of waivers or grants to do nothing (provided this bill passes).  We’ll also continue to encourage and support opting out of assessments as it is a parent’s natural right to decide that for their children.

Take heart, you are making a difference.  Let’s take a collective breath, put some dirt on it, get back up and get back into the fight. Our kids are too important for us to drop out.

2 thoughts on “Take Heart and Keep Fighting

  1. Many people of faith are fighting this battle against centralized control of education. We know the word of God tells us who the discourager is. This battle is not nearly over. We have men running in the Presidential Primary who are carrying this battle forward. We have states that have already won ground and freedom to hold on to…. as they fight to win more. We are not nearly as tested and tried as our forefathers in the Revolutionary War so we must take heart… take rest as needed and continue. There would be NO debate in Washington had we not fought in the trenches in our states. Our efforts do matter.

  2. We tried to bring sense to our Federal representatives and state politicians as well. I have given up on both the State and Federal efforts to stop Common Core and high stakes testing. There is too much money and power grabbing to win against Bill Gates, GE, George Soros, Rupert Murdock, Pearson PLC, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the long list of sell outs.

    The way we WIN this is Local School Boards standing on their oath of office swearing to uphold the Constitution. According to the Constitution, laws that are not Constitutional are NULL and VOID on their face. This new bill, 1177, is just that. Federal involvement in education is unconstitutional and violates 3 federal laws in addition. I am running for school board in Lee County Florida, the 33rd largest district in the country. Local control is the only way to rip control from the corporate money and political power struggle and get back to COMMON SENSE not COMMON CORE. We need other patriots to run for school boards all across the country. Check out the web site, http://www.ChrisQuackenbushforLeeCountySchoolBoard.com and facebook page with the same name. Help me WIN! Work in your district to do the SAME. Make sure your school boards all know and honor the Constitution!

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