Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture, a documentary described by the Washington Post as “an education film that gets it,” will be screened for the public on Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Williston Theatre at 18 Payson Ave. Tickets are $10 general admission ($5 for teachers/students; $15 at the door) and may be purchased online.
In Race to Nowhere, Vicky Abeles, a concerned mother turned filmmaker, aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that creates unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared, and stressed-out youth. The film describes “a silent epidemic” among high school students in the United States by which many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. Race to Nowhere seeks to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.
“Race to Nowhere shines a light on the crisis of learning and meaning facing American education,” says New York Times bestselling author Rachel Simmons (Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls). “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.”
The screening is sponsored by The Williston Northampton School’s Parents’ Association and a portion of the proceeds from the screening will fund programs at The Williston Northampton School. The film will be followed by a panel discussion led by faculty members.