See the documentary "Race to Nowhere" (no-host­ event)

Update - This is now a "no host" event - my mom is coming from NJ and this changes my plans.  I didn't know she was coming when I posted it.  I hope people will still go. 

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Lawton Alternative School is offering a free screening of this 2010 award-winning documentary about the problems with our educational system.  You don't have to be a parent to be concerned with what our system is doing to children - our future society.

Let's meetup and see it, and if anyone wants to discuss it after, we can walk to either Crepe Temptations on Judah or a local bar on Noriega to chat.

"Race to Nowhere" is a film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Named by TakePart.com as one of “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss”, “Race to Nowhere” brings communities together to spark dialogue and galvanize change in America’s schools.

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.

Shown nationwide and internationally in more than 6,000 schools, universities, cinemas, hospitals, corporations and community centers, “Race to Nowhere” has become the centerpiece of a nationwide, grassroots movement for the transformation of education. - See more at: http://www.racetonowhere.com/

The film will be playing in the schools' auditorium and is free, but they seem to want people to register for a ticket at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-to-nowhere-presented-by-lawton-alternative-school-tickets-8902988077?aff=es2&rank=10&sid=f38ef678553d11e39fd312313d091a6a

Don't know if registration is required, and I imagine if you just show up, you can go in.  

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  • Sue

    Karen, have fun with your Mom, I unfortunately have to miss this one. We already made plans to go to the Holiday Boat Parade. Looks like a good movie though.

    December 9, 2013

  • Karen

    Hi all - Yes my mom is coming and this changes my plans. There is still a small possibility I would come with her but more likley she will be tired and jetlagged and we will not do this. So I'm changing it to "no host". I hope people will still take advantage of this free showing and if anyone wants to act as host and try to organize a post-film discussion, feel free to use this site to do it. Thanks for understanding - I didn't know she was coming when I posted it.

    December 9, 2013

  • Karen

    Now looks like my mom is coming to visit from NJ this weekend, so I may be cancelling, unless she shows an interest in attending. Will update closer to the event.

    November 26, 2013

  • Kathleen M.

    This is a critical issue. There were 5 student suicides at my daughter Palo Alto high school in one year. When she started showing severe stress, I sold our house and moved to San Francisco. My friend wasn't as lucky, her 17 year old was one of the five.
    San Francisco does a much better job with thier Wellness Program, and has a fraction of the student suicides the rich suburbs suffer from. I believe the more general level of human suffering at the schools is a lot lower as well.

    November 24, 2013

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