People in San Carlos are passionate about education. Perhaps that is why all 500 seats at a viewing of the Race to Nowhere in the Tierra Linda Middle School gym were taken on Monday evening. Sponsored by the Brittan Acres PTA, this eye-opening film is a must-see for anyone with kids in school.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CyWSPBgmMA&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]
The Race to Nowhere features the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids. The Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.
Race to Nowhere is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.
In a grassroots sensation already feeding a groundswell for change, hundreds of theaters, schools and organizations nationwide are hosting community screenings during a six month campaign to screen the film nationwide. Tens of thousands of people are coming together, using the film as the centerpiece for raising awareness, radically changing the national dialogue on education and galvanizing change.
Education is a top priority in many San Carlos households. My impression was that many of the themes in the Race to Nowhere hit home for many who were at the viewing.