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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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Failed parent's race to remorse
14 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

It would appear as if this mother set too high an expectation of her daughter, who ended up failing.

Rather than review and adjust her behavior, the mother subjects all of us to her personal therapy of blaming some "system" (undefined), as if her wrongs are not really her own, that we all do it, and that the "system" requires it.

No doubt over-scheduling and over-expecting occurs, and no doubt it is wrong, and no doubt it has negative consequences for some kids. But nowhere do we learn the extent of any of this. Does it apply to less than 1% of kids? 50%? Most kids? In other words, how big is the problem? And what is "the system?" Peer pressure? Parents? The school board? Colleges? Employers? The kids themselves? We never find out.

As another reviewer has mentioned, we know the point of the movie before we see it, but the interviews (and that's all there is) are repetitive and boring. No insights, no analysis, no new perspectives, no possible solutions. Not even any villains, just "the system."


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