SARANAC LAKE - The groundbreaking education documentary "Race to Nowhere," the first film to identify and challenge a one-size-fits-all achievement culture in American schools, and to document its impact on students, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. April 18 in the Petrova School Auditorium.
Admission is free of charge, and childcare will be provided.
The Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance will host the film and will be leading a discussion following the screening.
SLPFEA is a group of parents, teachers, and school administrators dedicated to improving education in our district and beyond, joined together because of a concern for the growing impacts of high-stakes standardized testing on our children.
"Race to Nowhere" is a film that has sparked a national conversation and is an opportunity for parents, faculty, and community members to join together to discuss our current education system.
Called a "must-see movie" by The New York Times and "compelling" by Diane Ravitch, former assistant secretary of education, the film seeks to expose how excessive homework, high-stakes testing and a cyclical trap of busyness and competition have led to an epidemic of anxious, overworked and unhealthy young people.
The film has been screened in more than 6,000 public and community settings in all 50 states and more than 30 countries since its release in 2010.
George Lucas Education Foundation: "'The Race to Nowhere' is another inconvenient truth. It's a wake-up call to all of us who care about children, the purpose of schools, and how we define success in American education. And, importantly, it provides viewers with excellent, actionable suggestions of how to begin to address change locally in our schools."
The film is being sponsored by the SLPFEA, the Saranac Lake Teachers' Association, and the North Country Community College Massage Club.
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For more information about the film, www.RacetoNowhere.com.