Conservative media star Glenn Beck led a national strategy session to kill the Common Core State Standards late Tuesday night, using a two-hour simulcast into movie theaters across the country as a way to embolden critics of the standards and recruit more foot soldiers to the cause.
“This one is being won,” Beck said from a sound stage in Texas, his image broadcast to audience members who paid $20 a ticket to attend.
“It’s being won and these are your allies in the fight. You’ve felt alone, but we have lots of allies.”
The 17 people gathered in screening room 12 at the Regal 13 Cinema in Rockville might be forgiven for feeling alone. The Maryland audience was sprinkled among the rows of the darkened theater, and when Beck implored his viewers to turn to their neighbors and introduce themselves, most people found themselves facing empty seats.