Written July 25, 2014
If you read the reviews and the RT rating you'll think this film simplifies issues and attacks unions. Ignore them. The film is also attacked viciously for 'ramming the directors' view' down our throats. But what film doesn't? At least this film has a message that must be heeded: Portions of our public education system are failing and failing badly. Is it perfect? No. Is it a compressed version of the events? Yes (but what film isn't). But it does show how it is possible to change one school and inversely improve the lives of a few hundred children that would multiply out to incalculable benefits to the community.
Does every school need to be taken over? No. But can every school benefit from parental and community involvement? Yes. If this film wakes up one, or two, or a hundred communities, administrators, and teachers, and makes them take a second look at improving education, then the film has done its job. It is also remarkably free from foul language and sex. Go see this film.
Written October 04, 2012
It was a very good movie. It showed you that when you believe in something and it is for the right, then you go for it risking all costs.
It also showed how when you are not in the clique, how people will try to make you look bad.
Written October 06, 2012
In these crushing economic times, one of the favorite places political leaders cut the
budget is in the area of education...reqiring more of teachers for less $, taking aides
out of classrooms and raising class sizes (to save money).again. The crux of the
movie...no matter what higher ups say, make education of the students the #1 priorty...not greasing someone's hand or pulling the wool over other's eyes. REMEMBER...ALL CHILDREN ARE GIFTED, NO MATTER THEIR CHALLENGES OR STATION IN LIFE!
Today's children are tomorrow's leaders. KUDOS to everyone who made this movie and others similar to it...Holland's Opus, Sister Act II, and recent Hallmark presentations possible.This is a MUST SEE! (every teacher and parent should go) Stand up for your children, your students...our leaders of tomorrow (retired teachers...volunteer for the children's sake). We can ALL make a positive difference in the kid's lives!
Written October 04, 2012
This was the type of Movie when you wanted to stand up and cheer at the end.
Although I loved the outcome it was too one sided and portrayed Unions in a bad light.
Unions are the backbone of our Country and without them our wages would be barely over minimum.
I think tenure needs to be revised to make teachers more accountable and what this movie did was bring a lot of that to the forefront.
Written October 29, 2014
Great movie, fantastic performances by All !!!
This is a "movie", that I will recommend to others !