Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Interest drives additional screenings of "Race to Nowhere"


Due to continued interest from the community, the Sewickley Public Library is pleased to announce two additional showings of Race to Nowhere, an award-winning documentary that addresses the realities of today’s obsession with achievement, and how that obsession is directly impacting our children.

The library, located on Thorn Street at Broad, will show the documentary on Thursday, May 10th at 11:30 am and 6:30 pm pm. The approximately one-hour-long film will be followed by brief discussion.

According to the documentary’s director, Vicki Abeles, the film features

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.

This event is free and open to the public. Sewickley Public Library thanks Quaker Valley Middle School and Youth Connect for their support in purchasing the license to the documentary.

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