Won’t Back Down
Students are placed in a school based on their socio-economic status whether they are lower class, middle class, or upper class. In the movie “Won’t Back Down”, two determined mothers¬, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. In Adams, their children’s school, only two percent of the students end up going to college, while the rest end up in prison. Just like in public schools, some teachers fail to teach their students. In this movie, the teacher with tenure was the one that taught less, and Jamie’s daughter has dyslexia and is not performing well in school and isn’t getting any better because she is stuck in that teachers class. The principal will not transfer her to another class. Consequently, Jamie is able to find a bias to this issue. She is able to get Ms. Nona to tag along and form a “Parent Attack” as they are protesting against the Teachers Union. These two parents plan to use a law to form a new and better school. Adams School is not making any adjustments for students with needs. Because these parents cannot afford to send their children to a private school, they need to form a parent alliance and form a better school together. For the students attending a private school, their education is not at risk. Parents have the option of enrolling their child in a lottery, stand up to the Union, or do nothing. As for the students with no money, their education is almost down the drain due to a lack of good teachers and performance.
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