Press Release: November 19, 2013
FACEBOOK – Miffed Mothers from around the country have their collective hands on their hips in response to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s foot in mouth indictment of “white, suburban moms.” Just two days after Duncan commented “some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who – all of a sudden – their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were…” Georgia moms Teri Sasseville and Meg Norris gave birth to MAD, Moms Against Duncan. “We wanted a place for Moms to vent, but also a place for action,” explains Norris, “We wanted to turn the energy of a country of angry moms into a win for our children.”
In less than 48 hours, working in conjunction with established state and national groups, like Parents and Educators Against Common Core Standards, we have had an impressive response. Over 2,000 moms shared their indignation, joining the Facebook group “Moms Against Duncan (MAD).“ Included in those numbers are also many dads and grandparents. Members have been stern and quite creative in their responses to Secretary Duncan’s ill-advised attack on America’s Moms. (Arne, don’t make us come up there!) Teri Sasseville says “we hope to use this energy to build on the national network that is already in place and make more people aware of Common Core – it is already in our schools.” Norris added, “We want to empower Moms and protect our schools, our teachers and our children from the abuses of Common Core.” Some very specific strategies are being birthed by the MAD Moms. Stay tuned!