Screening of Race to Nowhere

November 30, 2010 at 7:11 am Leave a comment

I feel bad… I’m sure this movie is going to get short-shrifted coming the heel of Waiting for Superman, but the message certainly makes sense — the pressure on “performance” in our schools is resulting in policies and teaching and curriculum that aren’t necessarily the best.   Well, I think here in Chicago we’re well aware of that.  The question is what to do about it.  Hopefully this film will get people thinking of the ramifications of stressing test scores and percentages.

Hard-Hitting Education Documentary Exposes the Silent Epidemic in our Schools
Tuesday December 7th at 6:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Opening remarks by Dr. Joyce D. Kenner, Principal at 6:20 p.m.
Purchase your advance tickets at:

School reform has become an urgent national issue and 2010 is the year of the education film. Race to Nowhere is the only film that shows what is actually happening to our kids as a result of current policies and practices obsessed with testing, performance and competition rather than meaningful teaching and learning. Race to Nowhere finally gives voice to those on the front lines who are most affected by education policies  – the students and teachers themselves. Race to Nowhere is the only film to spotlight the intersection of health and education.  The film empowers everyone to get involved and take ownership of what’s happening in our schools and communities.
“Every once in a while, a film comes along that has the potential to change the culture,” said New York Times bestselling author Rachel Simmons (Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls).  “Race to Nowhere shines a light on the crisis of learning and meaning facing American education. The film is both a call to arms and a beacon of hope, a source of relief and outrage and a way forward for all of us.”
For more information, visit:
Sponsored by:
Whitney M. Young High School Local School Council’s Parent & Community Subcommittee
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