In content and tone, American Sniper is distinctly different from the sand movies that preceded it in that it unambiguously celebrates the heroism of the soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this, American Sniper is in rarefied company. Last year’s Lone Survivor—based on a book by Kyle’s good friend and fellow SEAL Marcus Luttrell—and the little-seen 2009 HBO film Taking Chance are about the only other notable exceptions to Hollywood’s seeming obsession with delegitimizing the war on terror and those fighting it.
Good piece about how Hollywood would much rather couch the War on Terror as a mistake made by the United States without placing blame where it belongs, on terrorists.
***School choice making steady progress. This is good news.
Sunday marked the start of National School Choice Week, an annual celebration of education reforms that give parents the power to pick the schools, public or private, that are best for their children.
There’s much to celebrate: There are more than 50 such school choice programs — including school vouchers and tax-credit scholarship programs — in 25 states serving more than 300,000 children. Furthermore, about half of these programs were enacted in the past five years, which indicates that momentum for school choice is rapidly accelerating. This is not just because school choice works — study after study shows that it improves students’ academic performance, increases parental satisfaction, and forces public schools to improve — but because parents are increasingly demanding it.