Race to Nowhere screens at MAPAC tonight (4/13)

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on April 13, 2010

The Menlo Atherton High School PTA and La Entrada School PTA are sponsoring a special screening tonight (4/13) of  Race to Nowhere. The documentary film screens at 7:00 pm at the M-A Performing Arts Center;  Q&A with Director Vicke Abeles follows.

Race to Nowhere is a close up investigation of the pressures American schoolchildren and their teachers face in our achievement-obsessed education system and culture. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people who have been pushed to the brink and educators who are burned out and worried students aren’t developing the skills needed for the global economy, the film points to the silent epidemic running rampant in our schools. Cheating has become commonplace, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant,teenage suicide is on the rise, and students arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

The filmmakers view Race to Nowhere as 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.

According to organizers, only a few tickets remain. They can be purchased in advance for $15 until mid-afternoon today. The Race to Nowhere website also has additional resources for parents and educators.

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