Race to Nowhere (2010)



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A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the culture of hollow achievement and pressure to perform that has invaded America's schools. It is destroying our children's love of learning and feeding an epidemic of unprepared, disengaged, and unhealthy students. This remarkable new film shines a light on the price our kids pay for this "race to nowhere." Cheating is commonplace, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and ironically, young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people who have been pushed to the brink and educators who are burned out and worried that students aren't developing the skills needed for the global economy, RACE TO NOWHERE points to the silent epidemic running rampant in our schools. RACE TO NOWHERE is a call to families, educators, experts and policy makers to examine current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become the healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens in the 21st century. Among many others, RACE TO NOWHERE features Dr. Madeline Levine, author of the bestseller, The Price of Privilege, Dr. Deborah Stipek, Dean of the Stanford School of Education, Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, an adolescent medicine specialist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, Denise Pope, author of Doing School, and Sara Bennett, author of The Case Against Homework. -- (C) Reel Link

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Like the makers of the excellent high-school-based MTV reality series, "If You Really Knew Me," Ms. Abeles believes that benevolent intervention is an adult's most powerful tool.

Sep 10, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5

A dire warning and solid piece of advocacy journalism, complete with an action checklist at film's end.

Sep 9, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Abeles sheds little new light on why few parents, teachers, politicians or administrators seem willing to get off the bus.

Sep 9, 2010 | Full Review…

Compelling docu looks at academic pressures faced by teens.

Jan 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Required viewing."

Sep 14, 2010 | Full Review…

Ostensibly an examination of a dry but crucial issue, Vicki Abeles's Race to Nowhere hews too closely to the claims and protests of its student subjects to ever feel truly objective.

Sep 13, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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