Race to Nowhere

Race to Nowhere

Just got back from a screening of the documentary “Race to Nowhere” at the high school- if you are a parent of a kid in school go and find a screening and see 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.”

Came home and just wanted to give Crisp a hug (but I didn’t wake him up- I’ll wait ’til the morning)- I don’t think we’re putting pressure on him, I think we’re doing OK, but we need to be really conscious of what school/culture/peers etc. are doing- it’s a really thought provoking movie!

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