Gary Rubinstein, who teaches math at Stuyvestant High School in New York City, went to a preview of “Won’t Back Down.”
He had some trepidation because he had heard the speculation about its content.
But being an intrepid movie goer, he decided to watch it for entertainment value.
He critiques the many inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the movie.
This parent trigger law, unlike any in the real world, requires the approval of a majority of both parents and teachers.
The teachers in the movie are unhappy because their union contract will not permit them to stay after school to help kids who need help.
The principal is a cheater with enrollment data, but the teacher who knows it doesn’t report him.
At the happy ending, after the parents and staff have dumped the one terrible teacher and their awful union, they create their own non-union charter school. This is unlike the real parent trigger laws that have been promoted by charter chains trolling for new business, by Michelle Rhee, Jeb Bush and ALEC. Apparently none of the corporate sponsors makes an appearance.
If you see it, let me know what you think.