Race to Nowhere Blog

  • Posted: Dec 13, 2012
    Vicki Abeles
    In "Race to Nowhere," students and families share their experiences navigating the lane changes and intersections in the speedway that today's education system has become. At last week's screening of "Race to Nowhere" at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, parents, educators and...
  • Posted: Oct 31, 2012
    Vicki Abeles
    Education Week, July 3, 2012.   Jo Boaler, Professor, Mathematics Education. Stanford University, CA.   Mathematics education is in crisis – a third of all school children end up in remedial math courses and levels of interest are at an all time low (Boaler, 2008). Part of the reason...
  • Posted: Oct 5, 2012
    Vicki Abeles
    As we engage in complicated work of mending our schools, it’s easy to point fingers, to place blame, to scapegoat somebody for failing our children. It might be the powerful teachers unions. It might be the burned out teachers. It might the entrenched administrators. It might be the uninvolved...
  • Posted: Sep 21, 2012
    Vicki Abeles
    NY Magazine examines why students cheat. With more students cheating than ever before, what do you think has changed about high school that has led to this disturbing trend? A teacher from Stuyvesant offered "I hope this will be a chance for self-­examination, of what high school should be...
  • Posted: Jun 1, 2012
    Vicki Abeles
    Are you a parent whose children come home from extra-curricular activities only to spend hours tackling a mountain of busywork? Are you a teacher who feels who feels pressured to assign homework because of excessive testing and accountability measures? Are you a student whose homework assignments cu...
  • Posted: May 17, 2012
    Vicki Abeles
      Signatures and comments urging reform of current homework practices at U.S. schools are pouring into the Change.org site where parents, students and educators have been invited to sign a petition urging the National PTA to adopt healthy homework guidelines. In fewer than four days, the petiti...
  • Posted: Apr 14, 2012
    Vicki Abeles
      I saw Race to Nowhere when it first came out, in 2010, at our local theater. Vicki was there that night, and spoke after the filming. I have long been a critic of the No Child Left Behind Act, as I have seen what it has done to our education system and today’s children. I am a...
  • Posted: Mar 27, 2012
    Vicki Abeles
      Doctors Give A Big Thumbs Up for Race to Nowhere’s Action on Teen Sleep More than 1,000 physicians nationwide took time out of their busy schedules to watch Race to Nowhere via an online, live stream in March, in recognition of National Sleep Awareness Week.  Their response was overwhelm...
  • Posted: Mar 23, 2012
    Vicki Abeles
      Could your children survive 24 hours without their iPhones or checking Facebook? Could you live a day without email and the Internet?  Sundown tonight marks the start of the “National Day of Unplugging,” a day where many organizations are calling on individuals to power down and temporar...
  • Posted: Mar 7, 2012
    Vicki Abeles
    When Hayley was a senior in high school, she crashed her car into a tree in her neighborhood in Leicester, North Carolina. Hayley wasn’t driving while intoxicated, or coming home late from a party or piloting a car packed with teenagers. She was simply driving home from school on an ordinary O...
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