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Race to Nowhere

December 8, 2010

Last week I had the chance to attend a screening of Race to Nowhere, along with Saline High School teachers Jennifer Denzin and Jeff Pike.  The tag line for the film is, “The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture”….. and it lived up to that billing.  The film focused heavily on the issue of homework and “over scheduled” families as it pointed to the negative impact that the current pace has on the health of students both mentally and physically .

I was left with the feeling that too often in the current system, particularly in communities like Saline, students focus on working the system instead of the learning.   As educators we also need to reflect on the system we have created to prepare our students.  Do we cultivate the “dark side of the achievement culture” with how we have set up the system?

Ms. Denzin and Mr. Pike both expressed that the film raised serious questions that we need to consider as look to provide opportunities for our students to develop a love of learning.

The film certainly raises some important questions and is worth seeing if it is screened locally.  I am hopeful we can secure a screening in Saline in the near future.

Here is the trailer….

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  1. Heidi permalink
    December 14, 2010 4:24 pm

    Wow! This film looks fascinating, thought-provoking and relevant! I applaud SAS for continually participating in things that may challenge the staus quo….truly our students are more than their test scores. Please continue to think creatively, insightfully and in a “forward-thinking” kind of way!

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