Skip to comments.Government School PR Group Hammers “Won’t Back Down” Movie
Posted on 09/20/2012 9:01:10 AM PDT by Kaslin
The educational establishment is ramping up its attack of Wont Back Down, a fictional movie of a parent and teacher teaming up to take over a failing school through a parent trigger law.
The movie will be released nationally on Sept. 28.
The National School Public Relations Association is now working with the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers in issuing talking points to members about how to best dismiss the point of the movie without actually looking like theyre attacking it.
We urge you to consider applauding the passion and activism of parents in the movie. You know that your schools and your students will be far better off if this enthusiasm is focused in a collaborative fashion on the local needs of your students and community, the group wrote.
Translation: It would be stupid to attack the sympathetic characters in the movie, just like it would be dumb to boo Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. But your applause - or approval - should not be directed at the false characterization of the teachers union as the evil force in the movie, or the idea that parents can somehow do a better job than professionals when it comes to educating children.
More from NSPRA:
Consider these additional points generated by NSPRA and other major education organizations working together through the Learning First Alliance (LFA):
Fictionalized accounts that pit parents against school employees may make an interesting story line and generate ticket sales, but they dont reflect on-the-ground reality. In districts throughout the nation, educators and parents are working together closely to improve public education, and find sustainable solutions that put children at the center of reform. Do you have parent leaders who would be willing to talk about the difference between their experience working with your school and those of the movies parents?
Educators and parents are on the same team were all accountable for student success and need to be a united front.
Parents in other communities have tried the parent trigger, and it seemed to have misfired for various reasons. Thats because there is no silver bullet solution to fixing our schools. We cant afford to risk our childrens futurewe need to work together to find sustainable solutions that work now and in the future.
Instead of silver bullets, we need sustainable solutions. Its time to make smart investments: small classes, early childhood education, up-to-date textbooks and computers, etc.
It may be enlightening to ask your media to follow the money when it comes to the funding for this movie. Walden Media, the same company that produced Waiting for Superman, funded the movie. Walden Media is owned by oil billionaire Philip Anschutz. Anschutz funds organizations that promote parent trigger laws, allowing more public schools to be turned over to alternative providers.
What a bunch of self-serving elitist garbage.
No one has suggested the parent trigger is a silver bullet. Its one tool parents can use in a few states to gain the leverage they need to force improvement in miserable schools. Nothing more, nothing less. Its also a handy tool to help get the attention of schools boards that are not listening to parents.
Parent Trigger efforts have never misfired. They have failed to be implemented (so far) in two communities in California because local teachers unions and school boards have done everything possible to block the process proscribed by law. The efforts havent had a chance to succeed due to interference from the education establishment. There has been no opportunity to measure the effectiveness of parent trigger laws and the defenders of the status quo want to keep it that way. Its obvious that the education establishment fears this fictional movie because it tells a great deal of truth. The last thing union leaders and school administrators want is thousands of parents across the nation asking questions about the quality of their childrens schools and demanding necessary changes.
The movie isn't perfect but it is most certainly a kick in the face to the educational establishment. What is telling is that the level of dissatisfaction with public schools is to the point that a movie like this can come out of the movie industry using well know actors.
It may be enlightening to ask your media to follow the money when it comes to the funding for this movie. “
I’m far more interested in where the NSPRA get’s ITS money.
Yes it does
this deserves a bump!
The more the teachers’ unions publicly stress about this, the more free publicity they give the movie and the more people will know about it and the more people will see it.
But then, Wallace was also a Democrat.