I just saw it.To summarize, the teacher's union is cast as the
villan. Yawn. While there are certain realities about the highly polarized state
of inner city school systems you are just grasping at straws to conclude that
the unions are the cause of most of our schools being behind in education. I know Arizona has a pretty non existant union and a 2% experienced
teacher firing rate. Utah is considered unionized and has a .07% experienced
teacher firing rate. We fire 28 times as many teachers in Arizona as Utah does.
The main argument against unionsi is that it keep administators from
firing bad teachers. That appears to be correct. Now how does that affect
performance?Utah ranks 21st and Arizona is 45th. Facts
clearly don't show that teacher's unions are bad for students. Even
many charter schools are going union. What bad for students is needless
buerocracy which is what the movie shows.
The teaching moment is that "based on a true story" doesn't mean
much in Hollywood these days...
Then trailer alone to this film about made me puke. There is simply nothing
about the way the school is portrayed that is realistic or truthful. I
can't believe people buy into these fantasies.
Second lowest opening in recorded film history. Think this tells us that the
public is tired of the teacher bashing and want to engage in positive
conversations WITH teachers. Enough of the pro-choice, charter, anti-public
school, and pro-voucher folks making teachers the villians.