Spoof poster from the Website: 4LAKids. Yet another film has been made attacking public education in the US and promoting privately run charter schools The new film, "Won't Back Down", follows "Waiting for Superman". Both films purport to show brave parents and teachers battling to turn round failing schoos in low income neighbourhoods by transforming them into charter schools. In the case of "Won't Back Down", the protagonists use the so-called parent trigger mechanism - gathering parents signatures to turn the school round. This mechanism  has been pushed by the rabidly right wing organisation American Legislative Exchange Council ( ALEC)  as well as the Heartland Institute. Both organisations are devoted to privatising the US education ervice. Parent Trigger laws vary from state to state but they can cause the firing of half the teachers, the firing of the principal and/or the changing of the school into a charter school. The new film is distributed by Fox Films - owned by Rupert Murdoch, who is extending his news organisation into education - particularly on-line learning. He is quoted on the 4LAkids website which is the source of this post (and the artwork above)  describing education as follows:  it is a "$500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed."  In fact the kind of transformation US education needs is being fought for by teachers like those in Chicago. For people like Rupert Murdoch and his friends in ALEC, education is a means to profit and the creation of the kind of flexible, uncritical and low-skilled labour that capital requires if it is to survive.To read more about the film, go here.