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‘Won’t Back Down’ has teachers unions running scared
The Washington Times ^ | September 27, 2012 | Sonny Bunch

Posted on 09/27/2012 1:47:09 PM PDT by jazusamo

For more than half a century, in Hollywood message movies from “The Blackboard Jungle” to “Lean on Me,” Stand and Deliver” and “Dangerous Minds,” academic failure and juvenile crime have haunted the corridors of failing inner-city schools that were little better than war zones.

Docilely reflecting liberal conventional wisdom, such Hollywood films typically let the public school system itself off easy, instead tracing the “root causes” of inner-city school failure to American social injustice — poverty, inequality and underfunded schools.

But times have changed: The faceless bureaucrat and parochial union executive have replaced social injustice and neglect as the enemies du jour. A series of recent documentaries — most famously “Waiting for Superman,” but also “The Lottery” and “The Cartel” — have lambasted teachers unions for putting the demands of failed educators ahead of the needs of struggling children.

These films bubbled near the surface of debate but failed to break through to the mainstream and seize the public consciousness. All that might change this weekend.

“Won’t Back Down,” opening nationally on Friday, is an issue-advocacy feature film, the sort of agitprop that liberals have been churning out in prodigious volume and variety for decades (think the pro-union “Norma Rae,” the anti-nuclear power “The China Syndrome,” or next January’s “The Promised Land,” Matt Damon’s anti-fracking film). But this time, the message movie is dramatizing an issue conservatives can rally behind: public school choice to empower parents in a struggle with entrenched and powerful unions that have become the main obstacle to school reform.

“The movie does a wonderful job depicting the frustration of parents with a system that is not responsive to their needs,” said Michael McShane, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of the policy briefing “Turning the Tides: President Obama and Education Reform.”...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aft; education; moviereview; unions

1 posted on 09/27/2012 1:47:12 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

education bump


2 posted on 09/27/2012 1:54:09 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. EdmondBurke)
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The communist oriented unions are the main obstacle to any reform in USA.
3 posted on 09/27/2012 2:01:44 PM PDT by exnavy (The time is upon us, fish or cut bait, may God guide your heart.)
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To: jazusamo

Awesome!

The liberal movie reviewers at Rottentomatoes.com panned it pretty roundly and to me that means it hit the mark.

Roger Ebert hated it (hah hah)


4 posted on 09/27/2012 2:38:35 PM PDT by Bullish (Barry's not fit to shine the shoes of a REAL President.)
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To: Bullish

LOL!

Anything Ebert hates has to be good.


5 posted on 09/27/2012 3:38:30 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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