Parents embrace documentary on pressures of school
| Dec 10, 2010
A new documentary titled “Race to Nowhere” examines the pressures students face in schools today. The documentary was created by Vicki Abeles, a middle-aged mother and first-time filmmaker who decided to make “Race to Nowhere,” when a doctor said that her then-12-year-old daughter’s stomachaches were being caused by stress from school. The film portrays the pressures when schools pile on hours of homework and coaches turn sports into year-round obligations.
A student in the film tells of borrowing her friend's prescription for Adderall to juggle her many commitments. “It’s hard to be the vice president of your class, play on the soccer team, and do homework,” she says.
“Race to Nowhere” had a one-week run in two theaters, in New York and Los Angeles, but it has primarily been screened by community groups in school auditoriums, churches, and temples. Read the full article by Trip Gabriel from The New York Times online. Also visit the “Race to Nowhere” website to find out about screenings in your area and other information about the documentary.