Truth be told, this was a tough week for me to set time aside to see a movie. Life seems to be going faster and I feel a bit behind. The husband and I had hoped to make the evening into a date night but I found myself in traffic driving (late) to the movie (by myself) wondering if I will ever learn to NOT over commit.
But as with most things in life, everything happens for a reason and Won’t Back Down turned out to be a perfect opportunity to regroup and think about my role as a woman, a wife and a parent.
The film is about two determined mothers, one a teacher, who look to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
It reminded me of the parent I want to be… filled with passion, leading my boys without fear and with a relentless commitment to giving them every opportunity my husband and I are capable of providing. We’ve all become accustomed to receiving without question in this country and Won’t Back Down forced me to think about the public education system, how it works, what’s missing, and why.
Education is a privilege and seeing Won’t Back Down solidified my perspective that parents can’t close their eyes, send their kids to school, and just hope it “works out.” The film sends a powerful message to anyone and everyone who is touched by the American education system to step back into the game and assume the role of leader to children.
Many thanks to Circle of Moms for a great evening and movie. It was such a pleasure to be included.