Race to Nowhere

I learned about this documentary in my Diversity Committee meeting today. Over-pressured, over-scheduled, and overwhelmed students has been a part of my personal and professional experience for many years, and it is close to my heart. I can’t wait to see this.

Here’s what the website says about it.

Director Vicki Abeles turns the personal political, igniting a national conversation in her new documentary about the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in a system and culture obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition and the pressure to perform.

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.”

Be sure to watch the TRAILER

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9 responses to “Race to Nowhere

  1. I love that this documentary is coming out. Education has been on my mind more than ever because we are not far from sending our oldest to school. Her friends are starting K this year with enormous classes and lots of tears. I’ve never thought of myself as a home schooling mom, but the arguments for it are becoming stronger for me each day. Homeschooling gives family more flexibility, more time with the child, more creativity, and a variety of learning styles.

  2. Planning a group view and discussion…obvi you two are in. Hope to get an invite out in the next week to send to friends, friends of friends…etc. Been following this movie for 6 months…it must spark local/national discussion.

  3. Anna, if you look at the website, it shows screenings around the country.
    I found one for you !

    Full-screen
    Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ
    Princeton, NJ
    September 30, 2010 – 7:00pm

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