Won’t Back Down gives a whole new meaning to “show and tell” regarding the red-hot-button issue of public school reform. In an inspiring “We’ve had enough!” manner, the drama takes a look at teachers, bureaucracy and parents in a raw and unflinching look at the current state of our country’s education system.

Billed as “inspired by true events,” Won’t Back Down chronicles the journey of two women—a struggling, single mother named Jamie (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and veteran teacher Nona (Viola Davis)—who embark on a mission to turn around their kids’ failing school in Pittsburgh.

First off, disclosure. I grew up in a North Dakota farming community where public school was more private than otherwise. My wife and I currently send our children to private school. Yes it’s expensive, but we chose to forgo most other luxuries in life in order to give them what we believe is a better education.

How did this film affect me? My son is now a sixth grader and due to finances, we are actively discussing whether we will send him to the local middle school next year. This decision makes my heart weak with trepidation. I’m not going to lie: I don’t have a lot of faith in the system.

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