iOS app Android app

Wont Back Down Movie

A Special Thank You to the Cast of 'Won't Back Down' for Giving Disenfranchised Parents and Children a National Voice

Gwendolyn Samuel | Posted 12.10.2012 | Education
Gwendolyn Samuel

It was so easy for a parent, like me, to identify with the fear that the fictional single parent played by Maggie Gyllenhaal felt in not having the access or means to get her child the resources needed to effectively support her child's educational needs.

5 Ways Parents Can Advocate for Their Kids

Wendy S. Grolnick | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
Wendy S. Grolnick

A "parent takeover" is not the answer. But increasing parent engagement and voice is a good place to start. There are five directions that we believe are productive outlets for this energy.

No Hollywood Ending For Struggling Real-Life 'Won't Back Down' School

| Natasha Lindstrom | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Doreen Diaz left the red carpet movie premiere of “Won’t Back Down” in New York City...

Star-Studded Film Sets Record For Worst Opening Ever

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.03.2012 | Entertainment

Even famous faces Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal couldn't help "Won't Back Down," which set a record over the weekend for worst film opening ever. ...

What Won't Back Down Doesn't Get Quite Right

Mark Phillips | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Mark Phillips

Won't Back Down will not enlighten. It will feed polarization and contribute to the misguided habits of thought that already plague educational policy-making in this country.

Won't Back Down: Myth-Making Can't Stand Up to Real Life Education Heroes

Nancy Schniedewind | Posted 12.01.2012 | Education
Nancy Schniedewind

Won't Back Down portrays the heroism of one parent and one teacher fighting harmful educational practices by taking over their school. Their victory is as mythic as it is misleading.

We Need To Talk About Bad Wigs In Movies

The Huffington Post | Simone Kitchens | Posted 10.02.2012 | Style

When we first saw the trailer for the new movie "Won't Back Down" starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis about the very timely subject of the fail...

Won't Back Down

Daniel Barnz | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Daniel Barnz

In recent weeks there has been heated discussion about the nature of the Goliath in Won't Back Down, but for me much of this debate tragically misses the point -- both of the film and of the issue itself: It's not about us. It's about our kids.

The Three Big Lies in Won't Back Down

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

I saw Won't Back Down last week. The crowd loved it, and I might have liked it too, if I hadn't known why it was produced or been aware of the three big lies at the heart of the movie.

Parents 'Won't Back Down' From School Choice

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Can a feature-length movie help promote the reform of our schools?

The Truth Behind Won't Back Down

Julie Cavanagh | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education
Julie Cavanagh

Even though the national consciousness has been raised regarding issues related to education and folks are more engaged and informed than ever before, the efforts to misinform, malign, and muddy the truth remain.

PHOTO: Viola Davis Loves A Bright Dress!

Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 09.22.2012 | Black Voices

Oh Viola, you brighten up our day! Viola Davis sat down with Jay Leno at "The Tonight Show" Thursday evening to promote her new film "Won’t Back ...