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Race to Nowhere (2010)

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RACE TO NOWHERE is a close-up look at the pressures on today's students, offering an intimate view of lives packed with activities, leaving little room for down-time or family time. Parents... See full summary »




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RACE TO NOWHERE is a close-up look at the pressures on today's students, offering an intimate view of lives packed with activities, leaving little room for down-time or family time. Parents today are expected to raise high-achieving children, who are good at everything: academics, sports, the arts, community-service. The film tackles the tragic side of our often achievement-obsessed culture, with interviews that explore the hidden world of over-burdened schedules, student suicide, academic cheating, young people who have checked out. RACE TO NOWHERE asks the question: Are the young people of today prepared to step fully and productively into their future? We hear from students who feel they are being pushed to the brink, educators who worry students aren't learning anything substantive, and college professors and business leaders, concerned their incoming employees lack the skills needed to succeed in the business world: passion, creativity, and internal motivation. Written by Vicki Abeles

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving stress on adolescents


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$500,000 (estimated)

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Race to Nowhere has been screened in over 1750 locations, 48 states and 20 countries through a grassroots community screening campaign. See more »

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Completely missing the point!
6 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went to a screening of "Race to Nowhere" at a high school in the East Bay of California. They were showing it in the school's auditorium, and I was really unsure as to what to expect. I was assuming an original documentary about teenager's struggling work in high school.

Instead, what I got was something else entirely. Something that I completely disliked. And I wasn't the only one, when it was over, all the students and staff members that I was sitting with started murmuring, hardly clapping only for a few seconds, and then they all got up immediately to leave, exhausted.

The interviews were uninteresting, the topic was hard to follow, and in the ending, the documentary hardly proved it's point, and left out many details that would have been vital. A lot of it was predictable, too. It's almost as if the answers that the students had given were taken straight from a script.

I recommend that you think twice before you see this boring documentary. If your a parent, you wont learn much about your kids from this. It's hardly something you can learn from and could potentially be just a waste of your time, it truly was a waste of mine.

This documentary is garbage.

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