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‘Race to Nowhere’ challenges American achievement culture

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Nevada Sage Waldorf School and the University of Nevada Reno are co-sponsoring “Race to Nowhere,” a documentary film that identifies and challenges a one-size-fits-all achievement culture in American schools, on Friday, March 7, 6-8:30 p.m. at the University of Nevada, Joe Crowley Student Union. Cost is $5 General Admission and free to UNR students, faculty and staff.

The film exposes how excessive homework, high-stakes testing, and a cyclical trap of busyness and competition have led to an epidemic of disengaged, unprepared, unhealthy young people. “Race to Nowhere” addresses the toll stress is taking on students’ health and wellness; the impact of over scheduling, over testing and large homework loads; the global economy, working parents and parentin; and the use of technology and the 24/7 non-stop culture.

Following the 85-minute film the audience will engage in a discussion with panelists about both problems in education and the solutions.

“When audiences engage with the film, not as consumers, but as activists and stakeholders, you begin to see the incredible power of this documentary to effect change in our communities,” film Director Vicki Abeles said.

“True change will come from administrators, educators, parents and students who are brave enough not only to challenge the status quo but also to act upon it.”

All ticket sales through http://www.racetonowhere.com.

See the film trailer at http://www.RaceToNowhere.com/screenings.