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‘Race to Nowhere’ returns to Davis

By From page A1 | October 13, 2013

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Bay Area attorney and mom Vicki Abeles sounded the alarm several years ago with the documentary “Race to Nowhere”: Today’s high-stakes, high-pressure educational system with its emphasis on testing and competitive college admissions — particularly in affluent communities — was resulting in soaring rates of youth depression, suicide, cheating, substance abuse and general misery.

The documentary featured interviews with numerous students, parents, teachers and child development experts and went from being shown at small gatherings in the Bay Area to big premieres and screenings all over the world.

When the documentary came to Davis three years ago this month, some 550 people turned out to see it at University Covenant Church.

The film was a call to arms of sorts: to encourage students, parents and teachers to step up and change things — whether it was to push back school start times to ensure that students get enough sleep, reduce homework loads so kids had more time to play and relax or even limit the number of Advanced Placement classes students were taking.

Three years later, the film returns to Davis, at a time when the school district is seeing increasing numbers of students in emotional crisis, and amid ongoing discussions related to how many Advanced Placement and honors classes students should be taking as well as how much homework is too much.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St.

The DHS PTA is sponsoring the event in conjunction with the school’s counseling department, and counselors, joined by a panel of Davis High students, will discuss the film afterwards.

For more information, contact Jennifer Creinin at [email protected].

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

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