“When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.”- Albert Shanker, President, American Federation of Teachers (1974 – 1997).
In today’s education system, the quote says it all. Whether you believe unions are 100% in the right, or whether you’re a right-to-work supporter, the fact remains: if union representatives cared about the kids, schools throughout the United States wouldn’t be failing right and left.
That’s just the way it is; and if you don’t believe me, just look at the hundreds of thousands of children left wandering the streets of Chicago while unionized educators scoff at their $76,000 yearly salary.
So, given the hurdles to a quality public education, what’s a parent to do? That’s the premise of a new movie making waves throughout the political culture.
“With parents, their only special interest is their kids. It’s just starting that discussion. And this isn’t about any specific policy, but it’s a powerful movie that’s meant to get people talking.
- ‘Won’t Back Down’ rankles teachers unions but may resonate in trenches.
- ‘Won’t Back Down’ should be every parent’s motto when it comes to education.
- Teachers union speaks out against fall film ‘Won’t Back Down.’
“Look at the Cleveland teachers union who made some heroic efforts and concessions and tried to save Cleveland Public Schools by instituting meaningful teacher evaluations, school accountability rules and eliminating seniority based layoffs. It’s the perfect example of teachers working alongside parents, and what schools can do if they all work together.”
Truly, the Cleveland Plan is the standard in bipartisan leadership, as we’ve detailed here on this blog. It’s something that can, should and (God willing) will be emulated all across the country, with teachers, parents and politicians from both political parties coming together to create a solution.
Not as a victory for politicians, but for Ohio’s future–an investment in our children and grandchildren.
That’s the mission of Students First. And that’s the message of ‘Won’t Back Down.’ Putting children first and giving hope to kids for a better, brighter tomorrow.
Though, I’m not a huge fan of all that Steelers gear.