Have you heard of "Won't Back Down" -- a movie set for release this fall that tells the story of two determined mothers -- one a teacher -- who work to transform their children's failing inner city school. Fighting against a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. It looks good and I'm excited to see how Hollywood will tackle the issue of our nation's lousy public schools system. From the looks of it, the answer is charter school:
Predictably, liberals are panning the film before it's even reached theaters and warning that positive results aren't guaranteed from establishing charter schools, so why bother? But I wholeheartedly applaud the premise of this movie: empowering parents, reforming education and giving our kids the best school system we can. And it's not about guaranteeing anything because what you get out of a project like a charter school is mirrored by how much you put into it. No, the results aren't guaranteed, but dedicated educators can make a difference when you give them the chance to.