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Excerpts from the press release:
This new documentary exposes the silent epidemic creating unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared and stressed-out youth.
Race to Nowhere is a new documentary film about the high-pressure, high-stakes culture that has invaded our schools.
2010 has become the year of the education film, with several major documentaries, most of them focusing on the charter school movement and problems with teachersʼ unions. Race to Nowhere is the only one to spotlight the intersection of health and education and to give voice to those on the
front lines – the students and teachers themselves.
This film highlights the toll our culture is taking on the health of young people everywhere and the detrimental impact of todayʼs system on the preparation of young people for college and the workplace.
School reform has become a national priority and Race to Nowhere points to the need for a complete transformation of our education system.
Race to Nowhere features the stories of young people who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students arenʼt developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do whatʼs
best for their kids. Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. National experts in education,
including the Dean of Stanford Universityʼs School of Education and leading child development experts, also speak out.
Vicki Abeles, the producer and director, was inspired to make the film out of concern for her three children, whose health was being jeopardized by the stress they were under. “The competition and pressure to perform have penetrated our schools and our homes,” says Abeles. “We see kids who are anxious, depressed, physically ill, dropping out, abusing attention-deficit drugs and, worst case, attempting suicide. As a mother, I saw the stress firsthand, and realized that no one is talking about it. We are graduating a generation
of young people who have been trained as robo-students, unable to think and work independently, creatively and collaboratively.”
Race to Nowhere is a call to action for 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
Visit the website for the trailer and film clips.