Thursday, January 20, 2011

Race to Nowhere - A MUST See

Last night I saw the movie Race to Nowhere at my school. This film by Vicki Abeles, highlights the real pressures placed upon today's over-programed teens by educators and parents alike: the daily pressure to score higher, do better, study harder, complete hours of homework, build the résumé, etc....all at the sacrifice of "down time". This powerful documentary is a must see for anyone involved in the education of a child. It raises serious questions regarding the state of education in this country. From suggesting "radical" changes, to the discussion of student stress, the over-emphasis on homework, and teen suicide (specifically 13-year-old Devon Marvin, pictured above and below), this 85-minute film needs to be seen by everyone who is involved in teaching today's youth--including teachers, administrators, students, parents, and School Board members.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

how exactly did devon commit suicide? i ask as a concerned mother of two teens and want to restrict all possibilities for them to be dangerous towards themselves.

rickh823 said...

I'd rather not post this publically. If you want to send me an email directly, I will relay that information to you.

Anonymous said...

I too am a mother of two teens. It would help to know how this girl killed herself. How did she know how to do it, what were the signs, and ultimately how did she die?

rickh823 said...

Again, I'd rather not post that kind of information publically. If you want to send me an email directly, I will relay the specifics to you....

CastleofCostaMesa.com said...

My condolences to a sweet child and her family. It saddens my heart to hear the story. Thank you to Devon's family for the courage to share.

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