ERIC Number: EJ1089351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
The "Hollywoodization" of Education Reform in "Won't Back Down"
Goering, Christian Z.; Witte, Shelbie; Jennings Davis, Jennifer; Ward, Peggy; Flammang, Brandon; Gerhardson, Ashley
Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, v12 n3 p205-222 2015
What happens when forces attempting to privatize education create and produce a Hollywood film with an education reform plot line? This essay explores "Won't Back Down" through cultural studies and progressive education lenses in an effort to unveil misrepresentations of education and education reform. Drawing on scholarship in these fields, the authors deconstruct pervasive and misleading narratives as they are presented in the film, ultimately revealing that the film acts to further distort or "Hollywoodize" an entity that rests on false premises, the education reform movement. Through careful examination and analysis, the authors conclude that rather than charter schools or the fictionalized Parent Trigger Law, the teachers. unions are the implicit target of the film.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Commercialization, Privatization, Films, Progressive Education, Charter Schools, Unions, Misconceptions, Popular Culture, School Law
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