Race To Nowhere

I get the links to some fascinating ideas and causes through Twitter. Every now and again you follow a link and it leads you to something that you find a bit special.

I got up this morning, checked my messages on gmail and found that I had a new Twitter follower, a 2nd Grade teacher called Kristina Peters. I looked her up and found that she had a few Tweets and this was the third one down:
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RT @kjarrett: New documentary – The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture | Race to Nowhere http://ow.ly/19dMs

This is the way that it happens with Twitter. We pass on interesting links within our network of friends and this link was to lead to me to a fascinating project.

I started by watching the film’s trailer.

This whole project resonates  with me because the “stressing out” of our children and the constant hunt for grades and the unnecessary use of homework as a tool for extending learning are very much a part of the culture here in the U.K. where I live as much as it is in the U.S.A.

But it goes further than that. The film bravely tackles the question of children committing suicide because they cannot cope with the stress. This is something that I have heard of in Japan, the U.S.A. and over here in my country the U.K. It is not acceptable in any way… we cannot condone a society that puts our children under so much stress that they feel the need to kill themselves (before you wade in with the fact that children commit suicide for many reasons i.e. bullying, sexual identity problems, falling out big time with friends… I know that but am referring to those suicides that are purely down to school pressures).

This is a brave project and the film needs to be seen and discussed and hopefully it  might lead to changes in the U.S. educational system as well as in other countries such as my own. Look up the website for the Project http://www.racetonowhere.com/ The resources section is excellent… look up some of the websites and the people involved… better still get involved yourself.

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