Race to Nowhere

Post date: Nov 15, 2010 11:54:26 PM

The Connecticut College Education Department will be showing the film, "Race to Nowhere" on Thursday, December 2nd in Oliva Hall at 6:30pm in the Cummings Art Center. We would like to invite CT teachers - especially if you have school-aged children - to come to the viewing. The film is an examination of the emergent "testing culture" in schools [a result of federal legislation: No Child Left Behind (Bush) and Race to the Top (Obama)] and the negative impact on children.

We also ask that you help us spread the word, invite other concerned parents, educators, and community members. Below is a link to a recent article about the film in the Washington Post, where you can also view a trailer. Also attached is a review of the film, "Waiting for Superman" that is about the nations "failing" schools. While the "Race to Nowhere" is not a response to Waiting for Superman it does shine a different lens on the prevailing definition of "success." It has also served as a catalyst for a grass-roots movement among parents, to "take back" their kids schools. There will be an open panel discussion that follows the film. This event is being co-sponsored by the Connecticut Education Association.

No advance tickets are required and we will accept everyone who shows up until we fill the space. That being said, folks can go on the Race to Nowhere website and "reserve" a space. You are encouraged to "reserve" tickets on the website so we can keep a fairly accurate count (www.racetonowhere.com) - Click on “Find a Screening” scroll down to CT – click on Tickets – make your reservation. We will rope off a VIP section for any teacher who comes and will guarantee their seating.

Thank you,

Sandy Grande, Chair Education

Charles Cocores, Educator in Residence

Phil Apruzzese, CEA President


WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/07/AR2010100702713.html> (10/7/10)

WATCH US ON CNN <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7YlVN8gGO0> (9/4/10)