Tonight: “Race to Nowhere” at Murray

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The much talked about and highly controversial film Race to Nowhere, which looks at the college recruitment process’s effect on education, will shown at 7 p.m. tonight Murray Avenue School in Larchmont.

Vicki Abeles, a 48-year-old-lawyer, created this documentary as she struggled to understand the stresses faced by her own kids.

The movie explores unrealistic school performance standards, a teach-to-the-test curriculum and the hyper-competitiveness of college admissions. According to the filmmaker, America’s high school education has been compromised and is less about learning information than it is about  impressing college recruiters.

The film explores how long nights of homework leave kids exhausted and stressed which, in turns, makes them vulnerable to ailments like stomach problems, depression, anorexia, suicide, cheating and pills.

The film is intended to begin a conversation in our communities about how to best raise well-adjusted kids who are resilient and well prepared for college and beyond.  For reactions and discussions about the film, log on to www.prodigylearningcenter.net/blog.


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