Race to Nowhere Blog

  • Posted: Apr 15, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    There's a story in USA Today that highlights how much less independence and free time children today have.  Childhood has largely moved indoors and has become a time of productivity. There are many forces driving this change and fear plays a large role.  Here's an excerpt - Childhood speci...
  • Posted: Apr 15, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    There's a story today in USA Today that highlights how much less independence and free time children today have.  Childhood has largely moved indoors and has become a time of productivity. There are many forces driving this change and fear plays a large role.  Here's an excerpt - Childhood...
  • Posted: Apr 11, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    Check out Trip Gabriel's coverage of the dialogue Anthony Cody sparked with his blog for Education Week where he raised the inconsistency between President Obama's recent statements about high-stakes testing and the policies of the Education Department. Anthony Cody, a teacher in Oakland, has taken...
  • Posted: Apr 9, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    . . . the Washington Post, that is. The '"Race to Nowhere" conversation' has become the centerpiece of a lively debate between director/filmmaker Vicki Abeles and respected education columnist, Jay Mathews. We want to know: is your student one of the "majority" of high schools students that Mathews...
  • Posted: Mar 27, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
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  • Posted: Mar 26, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    Highlighting CNN coverage today, March 26, 3:30 ET and the launch of our iPhone app.
  • Posted: Mar 20, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    Parents in Pennsylvania opt out of high-stakes testing. CNN to cover debate on the topic between parent leading the charge and a state senator. Today on CNN at 2:20 ET, Fix Our Schools with Fredricka Whitfield. Inspired by RTN, Michele Gray, a parent in central Pennsylvania, led an effort to opt-out...
  • Posted: Mar 15, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    I created the film, “Race to Nowhere,” in part to galvanize wide-spread change; I wanted parents and others who care about young people to feel empowered to come together not just at a film screening but also in the real world, in a real way. That’s why hearing from Michele Gray, the mother of two c...
  • Posted: Mar 14, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    Recently, a group of eight public high school students in western Massachusetts designed and ran their own school within a school.  The results highlight the importance of providing all students the opportunity to have a voice and choice when it comes to their high school experience.  Read...
  • Posted: Mar 11, 2011
    Vicki Abeles
    From David Brooks' op-ed "When we raise our kids, we focus on the traits measured by grades and SAT scores. But when it comes to the most important things like character and how to build relationships, we often have nothing to say. Many of our public policies are proposed by experts who are comforta...
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