Race to Nowhere, Vicki Abeles’ groundbreaking documentary about our educational system, tapped into an important and widespread problem in our nation’s schools: from high-schoolers to kindergartners, an entire generation of American students are being pressured to perform in ways that make them less intellectually flexible, creative, and responsive to a changing world. Vicki brought home with startling clarity how, as students race against each other to have constantly higher grades, better test scores, and more AP courses than their classmates, they are damaging their own mental and physical health. Race to Nowhere at last opened up this immensely valuable conversation, and generated a huge grassroots movement to talk about the problem and look for change. Download and start listening now!
In the same way that she drew out a massive community response to raise awareness of the problem, Vicki taps into this same grassroots enthusiasm to find the solutions. With the same sharp research and anecdotal studies that went into the creation of the documentary, Vicki uses Race to Nowhere’s considerable national platform to continue this all-important conversation, seeking out success stories from students, parents, schools, universities, and experts to inspire and instruct those who are eager to create change. We will see examples of teachers who have cut the workload in half and seen scores rise; parents who have taken the pressure off of their kids only to find their motivation and abilities rise on their own; schools that have instituted later start times so that the kids are getting the sleep they need, and then seen a corresponding rise in efficiency of learning.
Everyone is aware that the system is broken, and—through the same winning combination of widespread research and anecdotal evidence that drove the documentary’s grassroots success—Vicki shows with real evidence how practical solutions and actions taken at any level (from the students and parents to the institutions themselves) can help turn the tide and change the system. The result will help students succeed, not just on the race to college—keeping them strong, mentally and physically, for life.