September 28, 2012

‘Won’t Back Down’: Why This Education Movie Matters

By By Andrew J. Rotherham

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Whether it’s ultimately a cause or effect, Gyllenhaal’s decision to do Won’t Back Down says a lot about how education reform is moving from margins to mainstream. Gyllenhaal and her costars are themselves not backing down in the face of criticism that the film is a school reform propaganda piece. On Monday’s Today Show, Oscar nominee Viola Davis made clear that she understands firsthand how important education is in breaking the cycle of poverty. She grew up poor and seems to have little patience for those resisting efforts to improve public schools. “It’s a system that’s broken and needs to be fixed,” she said on the show.

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