Teaching moments of the new 'Won't Back Down' film


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  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Sept. 28, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    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.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 11:39 p.m.

    The teaching moment is that "based on a true story" doesn't mean much in Hollywood these days...

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Sept. 29, 2012 9:50 p.m.

    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.

  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    Oct. 1, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    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.