Race to nowhere

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  • Race to Nowhere is an award-winning documentary that highlights the unintended consequences of our pressure-cooker culture and education system. An eye-opening call to action, the film challenges our deepest-held assumptions about how we can best prepare young people for the future. Print and PDF versions of the accompanying facilitation guide contain identical content.


  • Wide screen.
  • All in container (31 x 25 x 4 cm.).
  • Videodisc ©2010; facilitation guide, ©2011.
  • Title on CD-ROM and Guide: "End the Race."
  • Special features: Introduction by Vicki Abeles ; Stanford panel discussion ; No time out: performance pressure in sports ; How did we get here? ; The failure of Tryumph: how a district lost a character-building program ; Feeling the beat and beating the system : SAT prep ; Dr. Deborah Stipek on testing, motivation and reform ; Dr. Wendy Mogel: The key is moderation ; Advanced pressure: the problem with advanced placement ; Dr. David Elkind: the hurried generation ; Kerry: a parent challenges accepted homework practices and policies.
  • Originally produced as a documentary film in 2009.
  • DVD; all regions, NTSC, Dolby-digital.
  • In English with optional English SDH, Spanish or Mandarin subtitles ; Closed-captioned in English.


  • Facilitation guide: -- Introductory material -- Organizing and facilitating a screening of Race to Nowhere -- Handouts to distribute at film showings -- More in-depth activities centered around the film -- Models of success -- Surveys and sample letters -- Advocacy -- Research fact sheets -- Resources and links -- Frequently asked questions -- Biographies for the writers & film team
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