The movie "Won't Back Down," due to hit theaters Sept. 28 is billed as a film "putting aside partisan divides and political agendas...takes a raw and unflinching look at the current state of our country's education system, and provides an optimistic and actionable point of view for parents, teachers, and community activists alike." In reality, it pits parents against teachers and pegs the local teachers' union as the bad guy. Important to note, the film’s producer, Walden Media, owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz, has a long history of supporting right-wing politicians and causes. Also funding the film is the Walton family - owners of Walmart Corp. - who actively support tuition vouchers and the privatization of public education.
Fictionalized accounts that pit parents against school employees may make an interesting story line, but do not reflect the on-the-ground reality. In districts across the nation, educators and parents work closely to improve public schools and find sustainable solutions that put children at the center of reform. CAPS, PSEA, NEA, the National PTA and the Pennsylvania PTA believe strongly in the value of parent involvement in public schools, and work closely to foster, promote and strengthen successful partnerships between parents, educators, and local associations. Visit PSEA's website for a parental involvement toolkit with resources highlighting the value of partnerships between parents and their public schools.
Read more about what people are saying about the film:
'Won't Back Down': Realities the Movie Ignores - The Washington Post
'Won't Back Down': Parent Trigger Gets the Hollywood Treatment - NEA Today
Who is Funding "Won't Back Down?" - Diane Ravitch's Blog
Walmart, Right-Wing Media Company Hold Star-Studded Benefit Promoting Education Reform Film - In These Times