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Race to Nowhere

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Vicki Abeles & Jessica Congdon

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About the Movie

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve, “Race to Nowhere” points to a silent epidemic in our schools. Through the testimony of educators, parents and education experts, it reveals an education system in which 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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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71%
  • Reviews Counted: 7
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Like the makers of the excellent high-school-based MTV reality series, "If You Really Knew Me," Ms. Abeles believes that benevolent intervention is an adult's most powerful tool. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Sep 10, 2010

Fresh: A dire warning and solid piece of advocacy journalism, complete with an action checklist at film's end. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Sep 9, 2010

Rotten: Ostensibly an examination of a dry but crucial issue, Vicki Abeles's Race to Nowhere hews too closely to the claims and protests of its student subjects to ever feel truly objective. – Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine, Sep 13, 2010

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Customer Reviews

So true

As a parent and an educator, I can attest to the fact that our children are being tested more (especially standardized tests) and having homework loaded on each night.
Our children are staying up later each night to finish homework and are losing who they are as individuals.
When our children feel like "they want to die" because they didn't finish homework and their grade will go down, we are doing something wrong.
I wish the state and local education departments would pay attention to what is happening to our children.

Good Point, but...

We watched this with great anticipation based on reviews. Race to nowhere makes a good point about the stress and competitiveness of madern schools. However, the primary focus is on high achieving white females from wealthy families. Being a minority family it did not resonate very strongly. I wouldn't recomend it because the film is done with a good point wrapped in a noticeable bias.

This film forgets that our world is competitive and achievement also brings personal rewards as well as being contributing members of society.

The producer does not offer any solutions or ideas for those who are in this "Race to nowhere". It was a little bit whinney, albeit a real issue for some.

Race to Nowhere
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2010

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