A Race to Nowhere?

Have you seen the new film “Race to Nowhere” that’s creating such a buzz? Created by parent and first-time filmmaker Vicki Abeles, it questions the value of standardized testing and has been called a response to last year’s documentary “Waiting for Superman.”

Here’s some background from the film’s website:

“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.”

Hundreds of theaters, schools and organizations nationwide are hosting community screenings during a six-month campaign to screen the film nationwide. If you’d like to learn more, visit www.racetonowhere.com/state-screenings/NY to find a screening near you.

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