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Thu Apr 5, 2012, 05:35 PM


I Would Like DU's Opinion Of the Film, "Race to Nowhere", if You All Would Be So Kind!

Full Title: "Race to Nowhere: the Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture". I'm considering getting the film and hosting a premier to local educators.

The film has not been released, so I'm asking for impressions about the trailer, about the subject, Major Educational Reform.

More than a challenge to traditional education, the film calls into question our values and the impact these have on childrens' quality of life.

Link to trailer:

Link to creator's page: http://www.racetonowhere.com/

About the Film

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 arenít developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do whatís 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.

In a grassroots sensation already feeding a groundswell for change, hundreds of theaters, schools and organizations nationwide are hosting community screenings of the film nationwide. Tens of thousands of people are coming together, using the film as the centerpiece for raising awareness, radically changing the national dialogue on education and galvanizing change.

Featured in the film:

Dr. Madeline Levine, Clinical Psychologist and author of the best-seller, The Price of Privilege
Dr. Wendy Mogel, Clinical Psychologist and author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, Adolescent Medicine Specialist, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Dr. Deborah Stipek, Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University
Dr. Denise Pope, Co-Founder, Challenge Success, Stanford University
Sara Bennett, Founder, Stop Homework

Thanks in advance.


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Thu Apr 5, 2012, 06:16 PM

1. I led a discussion with about 500 people on this movie

My opinion is that there are some very worthy bits of information. I'm happy to be more specific but I have to get dinner on the table! How can I help you?

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Response to Happyhippychick (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 5, 2012, 07:30 PM

2. Very cool, thanks!


Really, I thought that some might have been as struck by some of the ideas as I was.

I am thinking of either finding the funds to buy it and have a showing, or to do the fundraiser that they assist in administering.

I like the idea of showing the film to kids, having them help sell tickets, and then having the showing (or several) and having a post-showing discussion with snacks and beverages.

How did your discussion go, tell me all you can!

After dinner, whenever it's a good time, even in a day or two!


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