Race to Nowhere Blog

  • Posted: Feb 1, 2012
    Vicki Abeles
    The growing number of institutions caught gaming the system is a sad commentary on the culture of education today. It doesn't bode well for society when our children see adults and institutions bending the rules to get ahead - from Wall Street to schools tampering with test scores and now colleges....
  • Posted: Dec 13, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    In less than a month we’ve heard from over 6,000 individuals who recognize the need for a cultural shift to better recognize our students’ time and health. Thanks to the thousands in the End the Race to Nowhere community who’ve advocated for change, over 500 teachers or principals have signed on to...
  • Posted: Nov 17, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    The Swampscott school district is closing the book on homework for one night a month. NBC affiliate station covers the change.
  • Posted: Nov 8, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    A recent NY Times article examines why science majors in college change their minds. Two important ideas worth noting for primary and secondary education – the downside of competition in education and the benefits of project-based learning.  “We’re losing an alarming proportion of our nation’s...
  • Posted: Sep 11, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    It's great to see the latest research on the science of learning being covered in the NY Times. This research should be put into practice during the school day which should be structured around learning. There's also research on the importance of downtime, play and sleep and a number of countries pe...
  • Posted: Sep 4, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    An important piece by Diane Ravitch, education historian and former Assistant Secretary of Education. She reminds us that our test scores have never been on the top when compared to other countries but we have led the world in innovation. Perhaps those tests are not good predictors of the future eco...
  • Posted: Jul 19, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
      I recently attended the Aspen Ideas Festival, which included speakers on a wide range of topics including education, happiness and technology among others. Of particular interest was a panel of neuroscientists hosted by celebrated professor and author Daniel Gilbert. The discussion centered o...
  • Posted: Jul 11, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
      ‎"Race to Nowhere" is nominated for the Do Something Awards in the Docu-Style Category! Use Facebook or Twitter to Vote Now!  
  • Posted: Jul 10, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    How do you think we can improve our schools? What's working well?
  • Posted: Jun 22, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
      Over the last several months, we have received some success stories that have truly enabled us to see the powerful results that can be realized when committed parents decide to take action. One of these is Marianne Gilland, a resident of Pelham, New York with three kids who attended the publi...
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