Skip to comments.‘Won’t Back Down’ has teachers unions running scared
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.
Wont 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 Januarys The Promised Land, Matt Damons 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....
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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)
Anything Ebert hates has to be good.