In the documentary "Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture," director Vicki Abeles depicts how current culture is "destroying our childrenʼs love of learning and feeding an epidemic of unprepared, disengaged, and unhealthy students."
The filmmaker "aims her camera at the culture of hollow achievement and pressure to perform that has invaded America's schools."
She'll be interviewed live online by Steve Hargadon at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, on Future of Education. Log in early to be sure your computer is configured correctly.
Here's a quick overview of the movie:
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 arenʼt 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.