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Wont Back Down

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.

The Blame Game

Vicki Abeles | Posted 12.07.2012 | Education
Vicki Abeles

The release of the new education film, Won't Back Down, starring Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal, adds another voice to the clamoring debate about education. Sadly, it's another voice of blame.

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.

Weekend Box Office: Hotel Transylvania Scores Record Sept. Debut, Looper Opens Strong, Pitch Perfect Explodes

Scott Mendelson | Posted 11.30.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

While the whole 'measure the cumulative weekend box office' trend is usually stupid if not dangerous, I must admit that this is indeed an 'everybody wins' weekend. Sony had the top two films, with one setting a record and the other merely opening in line with realistic expectations.

Movie Review: Won't Back Down

Ambre Anderson | Posted 11.28.2012 | Black Voices
Ambre Anderson

Won't Back Down focuses on one way people have fixed the problem and created a decent learning environment for children who didn't have that option previously. Let's face it. The poor performance records of so many inner city public schools don't come as a shock anymore.

Segregation Now, and Segregation Forever

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 11.28.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Schools in the North are extremely segregated. And they were never desegregated in the first place. After living here for four years, I know now that most of the problems we are are talking about in education today stem from this one fundamental moral failure.

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.

Movie Review: Won't Back Down

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.27.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's one thing when documentaries like Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman and Madeleine Sackler's much better The Lottery look at problems in public education and offer some solutions (such as charter schools).

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 ...

Jon Ward

Dems Divided By Movie Slamming Key Supporters | Jon Ward | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The most controversial thing to happen at the Democratic National Convention this week may end up being a movie screening. On Monday ...

Rhee At GOP Convention: Ed Reform Will Require 'Getting Ready For A Fight'

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee called for classroom teach...

FAQ on the Controversial Film Won't Back Down: What Parents Need to Know

Leonie Haimson | Posted 10.13.2012 | Education
Leonie Haimson

I'm hearing there's a lot of controversy about the movie Won't Back Down. Why? Many people believe the film promotes the privatization of public educ...

WATCH: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Rosie Perez Won't Back Down, Will You?

Denise Albert | Posted 10.10.2012 | Parents
Denise Albert

Have you ever stood up for your kids in a way you never could have imagined? Was there a time when you refused to back down?