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Race to Nowhere

Around the World in 30 Days -- October 2015

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.29.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The stark problem of inequality was a major theme in my global discussions this month. Inequality (gender and economic) causes huge gaps in who can get a good education, but it also creates gaps in who are unable to use their education for employment.

The Race to Nowhere Starts in Early Childhood, Check This out Before Halloween

Laurie Levy | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Laurie Levy

Young children are innately creative when given the opportunity. But even in early education, we see the effects of developmentally inappropriate expectations that often accompany the high-stakes education culture that has invaded our kindergartens and preschools.

Educating the Whole Child

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

Our children will not always remember their standardized test scores -- but they will remember those moments when they were challenged, and struggled, and learned, and grew. Success can be defined not by the grade given but by the lessons learned. We must create a system that values those achievements.

It's Not a Race: A Letter to My Daughter Before College

Vicki Abeles | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education
Vicki Abeles

I'm proud of how bravely you've survived the one-size-fits-all pressure cooker that American high school has become. But now that you're preparing to go away to college, I only hope your university experience won't be more of the same.

How a No-Homework Curriculum Changed My Parenting

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

We were ready. We were ready to let our children be children, while committing to knowing enough about their current curriculum that we'd be able to supplement their lessons with real life assignments at home.

I Am a Nothing Mom

Karen Paperno | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Karen Paperno

I am the guardian of my children's souls, and I have been fighting against the system for years to no avail. The only way I can effectively fight is by opting out. No afterschool activities. No SAT testing. No sad Kumon. No tutoring. No "checking" their homework.

College Prep for Kindergarteners?

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

Eventually, kids who are curious will want to learn from books, from teachers, from tech. But substituting top-down "education" for free play isn't preparing little kids for college or careers.

Replace the Race

Vicki Abeles | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Vicki Abeles

Since the release of Race to Nowhere, I've traveled across the country, hearing stories from parents, educators and students who struggle with the pressures of our achievement-obsessed education system and culture.

When Homework Does More Harm than Good

Vicki Abeles | Posted 12.01.2013 | Parents
Vicki Abeles

At screenings of Race to Nowhere in communities across the country, few issues have stirred audience discussion as much as the debate over students' increasingly heavy homework loads.

Teens Get More Than Higher Test Scores With Mindfulness Training

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Kids nowadays are under a tremendous amount of stress with a push from our educational institutions and from parents to get the best grades, do the most extracurricular activities and conform to fit into the highest social circles.

Once Upon a Time

Vicki Abeles | Posted 02.10.2013 | Parents
Vicki Abeles

The more-is-better, bigger-is-better mentality begins to inform every decision, leaving students with full schedules and sleep deprivation in the name of "achievement" and "results."

Reconsidering Homework

Vicki Abeles | Posted 08.19.2012 | Education
Vicki Abeles

Homework -- how much, for whom, and to what end -- has long been a focus of discussion and concern among parents, teachers and PTA associations across the country.

Why Would Any Sane Person Want to Teach?

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

The latest skirmish in the education wars came as the New York Times published performance rankings for New York City public school teachers. Teachers don't need metrics-driven scolding. They need small classes, professional development and moral support.

Educational Inequity Is No Accident

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.31.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

What's good for the goose is evidently not so good for the gander. In America's current educational environment, the disparity of experience is bad and getting worse.

The Global Search for Education: On Success

C. M. Rubin | Posted 01.15.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The desire for successful children in a performance-based culture often consumes us before we realize it.

The Dark Side of Acing the Tests

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.30.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

If rewards are conditioned on giving "right" answers, children will indeed work hard to figure out what the adult will accept as the "right" answer.

The Global Search for Education: Australia on the Move

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Australia is on the Move! Professor Barry McGaw, Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), has a brand new national curriculum to explain.

Empowered Parents Are the Solution to Ending This Race to Nowhere

Lisa Nielsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lisa Nielsen

The masses seem to have been brainwashed into believing traditional school and college are the only keys to success even if our children are sick, depressed, or worse. DEAD.

'Race to Nowhere' Should Think Outside the School

Kate Fridkis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kate Fridkis

Why not give their kids back their social lives and their sanity? Why not remove them from the problem? It seems so simple. Yet it doesn't occur to anyone.

Race to Nowhere?

Linda Flanagan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Linda Flanagan

For all its courage in tackling sacred suburban norms, the Race to Nowhere fails to take on the elephant in the living room, the matter of class.

The Race Against Homework

Abi Cotler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Abi Cotler

Hearing the voices and seeing the proof that our children are being driven to stomach pains, headaches, hospitalizations and even suicide from the pressure to succeed had a visceral effect on the crowd.

Beyond Tiger Mothers: Lessons In Parenting And Education From World Faith Traditions

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Our children are our trust, like a mine full of gems, and our job as parents and educators is to bring out those brilliant gifts responsibly.

Iverem's Top Ten Movies for 2010

Esther Iverem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Esther Iverem

"Fair Game" "...For me, this film is easily a contender for picture of the year. In the world we live in, filled with political spin and outright lie...

Race to Nowhere: Are Successful High Schools Hurting Students?

Kate Fridkis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kate Fridkis

The pressure to get into a very specific kind of college has become, in many areas, integral to pre-college education.

Fight the Pressure

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alan Gottlieb

Race to Nowhere isn't about how the education system is failing low-income kids. It's about how as a society we have put so much pressure on our children.