A beautiful young girl took her own life due to high-pressured academics in our achievement obsessed-culture, inspiring a filmmaker to create change in her MUST SEE documentary entitled, THE RACE TO NOWHERE. Add to academics, multiple team sports, AP classes, community service, an instrument (if they dare), religious school, and we’ve created quite a recipe. A recipe for: panic attacks, eating disorders, stress related illness, depression, and yes, the potential for suicide in our own children.
THE RACE TO NOWHERE allows viewers to hear from educators, students, college recruiters, psychologists and parents, all agreeing that kids are pushed too hard and too fast. I’m guilty of it. I admit that I "race" my kids from one activity to another, leaving little time for free play, family dinners and long conversations that involve something other than homework, tests and upcoming sports. Why then, if I did not grow up this way, am I setting a precedent to my children that over-scheduling is simply a way of life? I believed, pre-screening, that I was trying to do what was best for my son and daughter- in giving them the opportunity to do it all. Post-screening, I carefully observed my daughter and stared into her allergy-ridden face baring blood shot eyes, and said, “Why don’t you take a break from softball practice today?” I saw a sense of relief wash over her as she plopped down on the couch for some much-needed downtime.
I am now a concerned mom and do believe that the potential of this movie to change our culture is great. So I ask, and please DO TELL, “How is the stress and pressure of trying to achieve it all, “in a race to nowhere,” affecting your children? Let us use this as a wake-up call… for the health of our kids!
You may sign the petition to end THE RACE TO NOWHERE. It starts like this:
“Quality teaching and learning cannot occur when students and teachers are stressed, unhealthy, and disengaged.”
I turned out okay (may be debatable to some) with a childhood void of Ivy League, AP courses, multiple sports per season and community service (don’t tell my kids!!). I wonder, perhaps I’ve launched two businesses, had a successful career in advertising, all because I sat down for a family dinner every night? It’s food for thought (no pun intended).
Co-Founder and Mother