Race to Nowhere… Local Documentary Screenings

Last year, the poignant documentary, The Prep School Negro, was making the rounds in screenings in many of the local private schools.  This year, the documentary everyone is talking about is “The Race to Nowhere”.  And for good reason.

Here’s the summary:
A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children’s lives, creating unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared and stressed-out youth.
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.
I saw it last week.  It is a VERY compelling documentary.  As someone who supports progressive education, recess, project-based learning, and very limited amounts of homework, I found it validating.  But I still learned a lot.  It is a direct critique of how we identify success, particularly in schools, and what children are missing out on under that paradigm.  Audiences are asked to discuss the film together after viewing… that was no problem at the screening I attended.  Whether you end up agreeing or disagreeing with the message, you WILL have an opinion and you WILL learn something new.
There are local screenings coming up at:
Abington Friends School on Jan. 25 at 7pm… tickets free, but going quickly!
ETA: AFS screening is now Sold out 1/11!
The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill on Feb. 4 at 7pm.  Tickets $10.

One thought on “Race to Nowhere… Local Documentary Screenings

  • Anonymous

    I definitely want to see this. Thank you for posting this and so many other great activities on Germantown Avenue Parents.

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