Teachers and Parents! Find the courage to defy the absurd pressures of the achievement culture. What are we pushing our children into? Seriously!
Do we realize the stress associated with education is now systemic?
Do we then realize that stress shuts down higher learning capacity, reducing our attention and awareness to a narrow biological focus?
What’s the point? Really?
OK. So your child gets into a “good” college. Alright, but at what cost and what for? Who’s ambition is this?
Do we realize much of our public education is dictated by bureaucratic minded administrators, businessmen and women, not actual educators?
If the goal is to produce viable employees within an increasingly irrelevant and dysfunctional global socio-economic model, then we are right on track.
The ambition for many is to become materially wealthy, rather than spiritually rich. The goal for many is to help themselves, rather than to give service to the greater human possibility.
But there are those who passionately believe otherwise.
We may wish for our children to be the innovators of tomorrow; the pioneers of new human pathways; the hope of the future. But how will that happen if the neurological, psychological, moral and physical integrity of these young lives are casualties of a misguided cultural achievement obsession?
Teachers and parents! Elevate education to its true and natural premise. Help empower the young lives in our care to become the bridging generation to a future that is open, unwritten…hopeful.
About the film Race to Nowhere
“A compelling film about the stress that kids today experience because of high-stakes testing. ” ~Diane Ravich, Former US Asst. Secretary of Education
“You’ll be inspired to make some changes, big and small, for the health of your kids.” ~Oprah.com
“A call to mobilize families, educators and policymakers to help disprove the notion that the educational system is ‘one-size-fits-all.’” ~Jewish Weekly
“A reminder of the human and societal costs of our current education system” ~Dr. Jim Taylor, education blogger, Psychology Today