Race to Nowhere

By Director, Vicki Abeles

Thursday, September 30th / Screens at 7:00pm

Venue: Chicago Waldorf School Auditorium
1300 West Loyola Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626

Director Vicki Abeles will attend this special screening and lead a discussion after the film.

Tickets are $10 in advance / $15 day of show and are available through the school website: www.chicagowaldorf.org For more info call 773-828-8468


A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children’s lives. Director Vicki Abeles turns the personal political, igniting a national conversation in her new documentary about the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in a system and culture obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition and the pressure to perform. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

Featured in the film:

  • Dr. Madeline Levine, Clinical Psychologist                                                                         and author of the best-seller, The Price of Privilege
  • Dr. Wendy Mogel, Clinical Psychologist                                                                              and author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
  • Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, Adolescent Medicine Specialist,                                                 The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Dr. Deborah Stipek, Dean of the School of Education at Stanford University
  • Dr. Denise Pope, Co-Founder, Challenge Success, Stanford University
  • Sara Bennett, Founder, Stop Homework

Click here to see a trailer for Race to Nowhere

Purchase tickets to the September 30 screening with director Vicki Abeles

Contributed by E.O. member, Jennifer Zielinski

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