‘Race to Nowhere’ on Wednesday at Algonquin HS (in Northborough)

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Tuesday, 01 March 2011 19:23

Found this via MySouthborough.com:

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 citizens. The film shines a light on “the dark side of America’s achievement culture".

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 - 7:00pm

Algonquin Regional High School
79 Bartlett Street, Northborough, Massachusetts
Sponsored by
: Algonquin Parent Teacher Organization
$10 in advance or $15 at the door (purchase online)

Race to Nowhere has been screened in hundreds of communities across the country as part of a grass-roots campaign for education reform. Here’s more information about the film.

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 in all types of communities 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 are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

From the trailer, this quote from a teacher:

"A.P. students have way more to do than they have hours in the day.  What are we doing to our kids, when we put them through this system that doesn't allow them to get enough sleep, and causes them to be ramped up, and stressed out?"

For those interested, a small discussion group will be held after the screening.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 March 2011 19:52