Race to Nowhere Blog

  • Posted: May 19, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
               Take a moment to think about your favorite book that you read as a child. Easy, right? How about your favorite textbook? If you remember it now, do you think you will in twenty years? Nope, didn’t think so. Now take a moment to remember the days when you enjo...
  • Posted: May 18, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
      Scholastic Inc. has reacted quickly to a torrent of criticism on news that it produced and was attempting to market a one-sided lesson packet on U.S. energy production sponsored by the American Coal Foundation. Responding to a NY Times editorial and a blistering Internet campaign launched by...
  • Posted: May 17, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    An NBC News feature including an underground investigation of Adderall abuse on college campuses. In producing RTN, we learned of high school students also abusing performance medications. This is no surprise. The products of the American pharmaceutical industry are a ubiquitous presence in our soci...
  • Posted: May 9, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    Highlighting from the manifesto: "A single set of curriculum guidelines, models, or frameworks cannot be justified at the high school level, given the diversity of interests, talents and pedagogical needs among adolescents. American schools should not be constrained in the diversity of the curricula...
  • Posted: May 6, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    A response to Caitlin Flanagan's April article "Ivy Delusion"
  • Posted: Apr 29, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    Share your thoughts here and on the Slate.com website.
  • Posted: Apr 22, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
  • Posted: Apr 21, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    Take a look at this excellent 7 minute film created by Sam Rubin, a high school student, and playing at film festivals around the country. With STAR testing upon us in California, it is especially timely. In at least one local school district, administrators have communicated that students' tes...
  • Posted: Apr 20, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    CNN's Julie Peterson speaks with teachers in Atlanta following a screening of Race to Nowhere.  Also featured in the clip are Alfie Kohn, Author, Homework Myth and Dr. Pearl Kane, Teachers College, Columbia University.    
  • Posted: Apr 20, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    Resistance to test-based school reform is growing - From Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post. There are growing protests from teachers and parents across the country over high-stakes standardized testing and other school reform measures — many of which the Obama administration has encouraged stat...
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