Film documents challenges facing America's education system

The George Fox School of Education will screen What can be done for an American educational system teeming with unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared and stressed-out students? George Fox University’s School of Education will host a documentary, Race to Nowhere, that addresses the very question.

A showing of the film is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, in Room 105 of the university’s Hoover Academic Building on its Newberg, Ore., campus. The public is invited to attend for free; however, seats must be reserved by visiting Seating is limited to the first 150 who reserve a spot.

Made by first-time filmmaker Vicki Abeles, a former Wall Street attorney, Race to Nowhere documents the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded schools, resulting in students who are overly stressed, disengaged and unprepared for life after school. Race to Nowhere features the stories of several young people who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worry that students are not developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what is best for their kids.

The film draws attention to the silent epidemic in schools: cheating is commonplace, students are disengaged, stress-related illness and depression are rampant, and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

The documentary is a call to action to challenge some of the assumptions about what the best way is to prepare the youth of America to become healthy, contributing citizens.

“This documentary highlights devastating effects of pushing adolescents to exhaustion as they try to gain admission to top colleges and universities,” said Linda Samek, dean of the George Fox School of Education. “It is a lot about white, upper middle class, bright kids, but it also highlights some very important schooling issues of our time.”

For more information about the film, contact Robert Bonner at 503-554-2845.

George Fox’s School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and offers education degree programs that prepare students for the professions of teaching, school counseling, administration, and school psychology.