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Teaching moments of the new 'Won't Back Down' film

Published: Friday, Sept. 28 2012 3:18 p.m. MDT

This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Maggie Gyllenhaal, right, and Viola Davis in a scene from This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Maggie Gyllenhaal, right, and Viola Davis in a scene from "Won't Back Down." (Associated Press)

Our Take: The recent release of the film "Won't Back Down" has created quite a stir with teachers' unions because of its positive message about school choice. Walden Media President, Micheal Flaherty, recently spoke with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about his interest in the film. Flaherty is a Deseret News Editorial Advisory Bard member.

'Won’t Back Down,' released in theaters today, has teachers’ unions furious because of its positive portrayal of school choice. The movie, about a failing public school in Pittsburgh, stars Oscar nominees Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and was produced by Walden Media and 20th Century Fox. Walden’s president, Micheal Flaherty, talks with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez on his and our vested interest in the project.

KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Who can’t back down when it comes to education?

Micheal Flaherty (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Micheal Flaherty (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

MICHEAL FLAHERTY: State and federal legislators need to make sure that parents have as much choice as possible over their kids’ education. Too often parents — particularly poor and minority parents — have to rely 100 percent on luck in a system where their odds are about the same as what they would get at the blackjack table. Parents are the only people who have no conflict of interest when it comes to education. Their decision is solely based on what is in the best interest of the child. The more power and choice we give parents, the more opportunity we will have for their kids as well as other people’s children. But we need to make sure that city, state, and local governments give them the tools they need.

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