Race to Nowhere Blog

  • Posted: Apr 10, 2014
    Vicki Abeles
    Spoken-word poet Suli Breaks became an internet sensation after his video "Why I Hate School But Love Education" went viral with nearly 5 million views. The video was Suli's heartfelt protest against an education system that too often squelches the joy out of learning and leaves our...
  • Posted: Feb 5, 2014
    Vicki Abeles
    Last month, Middleton High School in Wisconsin was rocked with a cheating scandal that revealed a larger cheating culture spanning back several years. Featured in the Washington Post,  Vicki Abeles shares the steps Middleton took in addressing the root causes of cheating and the role...
  • Posted: Jan 20, 2014
    Vicki Abeles
    "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently proposed extending the school year and school day in State of the State speech as reforms intended to improve student achievement, though he didn’t provide details or make any mention of how he would fund it. Here’s a piece question...
  • Posted: Nov 19, 2013
    Vicki Abeles
    Race to Nowhere’s Vicki Abeles recently joined Jo Boaler, Stanford professor of mathematics education, at the Commonwealth Club of California for a discussion on what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next for the American public school system.  The program highlighted t...
  • Posted: Sep 30, 2013
    Vicki Abeles
    Great piece from Risa Nye packed with sound advice on college admissions including tips from Race to Nowhere director, Vicki Abeles. What's your advice for maintaining sanity during the college applications process?
  • Posted: Mar 23, 2013
    Vicki Abeles
    Check out this Wall Street Journal article by Dr. Alison Gopnick featuring the latest research on the learning that happens during sleep. Dr. Gopnik concludes "It's paradoxical to try to get children to learn by making them wake up early to get to school and then stay up late to finish thei...
  • Posted: Mar 8, 2013
    Vicki Abeles
    This past Saturday, I attended Temple Beth Abraham's screening of Race to Nowhere in Oakland, California. After the film, a local high school English teacher mediated a conversation between the parents, educators, and students in attendance. The discussion was both intimate and impassioned, but...
  • Posted: Feb 19, 2013
    Vicki Abeles
    Inspired by Race to Nowhere, parents in upstate New York are pushing back on what has become a round-the-clock schedule for many students. Claudia Forest, a licensed social worker and parent of a 10th grader notes that conscientious students like her daughter wind up working longer hours than m...
  • Posted: Dec 27, 2012
    Vicki Abeles
    In the first hours after the shootings in Connecticut, I know I joined many parents in rushing home to my own kids. I had that visceral, heart-wrenching need to connect with them, to assure myself of their safety, and to just spend time being grateful. The Newtown shootings happened during Hanukkah...
  • Posted: Dec 20, 2012
    Vicki Abeles
      In Louis Menand's commentary on Francois Hollande's recent announcement that he'd abolish all homework for elementary and middle-grade students in France ("Today's Assignment," December 17th), Menand rightly suggests that American attitudes toward homework have rarel...
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