Race to Nowhere
411 question: With the education system(s) in this country becoming as complicated (and costly) as politics – what method of schooling do you prefer for your kids? Public? Private? Charter? Even home schooling?
Documentary: Race to Nowhere
“Stevens Cooperative School is hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary about the state of American education, Race to Nowhere on Saturday, February 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the Clearview Cinemas in Hoboken. Tickets are $10 at www.racetonowhere.com and $15 at the door.
The film, by first-time director Vicki Abeles, explores the ‘dark side of America’s achievement culture’ and takes aim at the unrelenting and unnecessary pressure to perform that has permeated American schooling. According to Abeles, this is “destroying our children’s love of learning and feeding an epidemic of unprepared, disengaged and unhealthy students.” Immediately following the film, Zoë Hauser, Head of School, will lead a discussion about the issues it raises.
Featured in major media outlets including the New York Times, NBC News, CNN, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, Race to Nowhere has been praised for offering viewers a bird’s-eye view of what is really going on many schools today. Children are suffering from stress-induced illnesses, cheating is rampant and the pressure to take advanced classes and get perfect scores is never-ending. Yet many of these over-programmed students are still unprepared to face the challenges they will encounter in college and the 21st century workforce.”