Philadelphia School District Showing of 'Won't Back Down'

The anti-public school teacher, "parent trigger" film "Won't Back Down" is being shown by the Philadelphia School District Office of Family and Community Engagement in partnership with the Woman's Christian Alliance as part of the District's October, Parent Appreciation month. It will be screened at 440 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA in the main auditorium on Wednesday, October 15th at 6pm. Event sponsors include: Comcast Internet Essentials, GPS, and E.A.R.T.H.S.

Two critical articles from its theater release two years ago:

The Truth Behind Won't Back Down | Julie Cavanagh @ Huffington Post blog

Commentary: Film perpetuates myths about education | Ken Derstine @ Philadelphia Public School Notebook


The film showing of Won't Back Down, on October 15th, was shut down by student protesters. During their protest, the sponsor of the screening, School Reform Commission member Sylvia Simms, shouted at the students, "You must go to failing schools!" and "You belong in jail."

Facebook posting from the Philadelphia Student Union.


Simms: An educated student is her worst customer
Will Bunch @ Philadelphia Daily News - October 16th, 2014

Philadelphia Public School Notebook - October 16th, 2014

School protesters say SRC member Simms yelled, disparaged their schools
Philadelphia Inquirer - October 16th 2014  

Philadelphia Students Fight for Their Schools (Did SRC Member Really Say That?) 
Diane Ravitch's blog - October 16th, 2014