I agree with Michael Gerson that lowering academic standards is not the answer to the achievement gap in our schools [“Lowering expectations of learning,” op-ed, Sept. 28]. However, as a high school teacher, I was disappointed that he used the movie “Won’t Back Down” as the basis for analyzing the problems in education.
Like many Hollywood depictions of public education, this movie lays blame on teachers who don’t care or are racist, and on unions that protect bad teachers. This is an oversimplification of the issues we face. Teacher-bashing and union-bashing won’t solve the problems, and neither will vouchers and charter schools.