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May 17, 2011 > 'Race to Nowhere' screening May 21

'Race to Nowhere' screening May 21

Submitted By Lara York, Brannin Dorsey and Debra Watanuki

School reform has become an urgent national issue which must be discussed at our local level, which is why the Fremont Education Foundation (FEF), the City of Fremont's Human Relations Commission (HRC) and the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association (FUDTA) have joined together to bring "Race to Nowhere" to Fremont on Saturday, May 21 for two screenings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Unlike other education documentaries, "Race to Nowhere" is the only film that shows what is actually happening to our kids as a result of current national policies and practices obsessed with testing, performance and competition rather than meaningful teaching and learning. "Race to Nowhere" finally gives voice to those on the front lines who are most affected by education policies -- the students and teachers themselves. "Race to Nowhere" also is the only film to spotlight the intersection between health and education. "Race to Nowhere" invites all stakeholders to come together to find workable solutions.

Filmmaker Vicki Abeles shares, "As a mother, I experienced the stress firsthand and realized that no one was talking about it. I felt compelled to speak out about this crisis by making a film and giving voice to the students, teachers, and parents. I wanted to expose a deeper truth about our education system. We are graduating a generation of robo-students, unable to think and work independently, creatively and collaboratively."

"After viewing this film, I was compelled to find a way for more Fremontonians to share in this powerful experience and have meaningful conversations with the students, parents, grandparents, teachers, business leaders, civic leaders throughout the City to find ways help our children lead healthier lives. Our lives are not only measured by our accomplishments but our journeys and happiness. When do we let our children today make mistakes?" -- Lara York, Board Member Fremont Education Foundation and Fremont Unified School District.

"FUDTA is pleased to be sponsoring these screenings so that all funds raised will go directly to supporting children through the Fremont Education Foundation. We invite all FUDTA members to explore these issues, together with the community, to share our experiences and hear those of others." -- Brannin Dorsey, President of the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association.

"The health and well-being of our children is fundamental for our communities to thrive; it is a top priority for our society's future. We cannot pass the buck and say this is a problem for the schools to solve. The solution must come from the entire community joining together to forge true reforms to ensure that our children have every opportunity to be healthy, inspired and contributing members of our communities." -- Debra Watanuki, Commissioner Human Relations Commission.

"Race to Nowhere" is a call to action to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. After seeing the film, your views on education and childhood will forever be changed. The film empowers everyone to get involved and take ownership of what's happening in our schools and communities.

"Race to Nowhere" documentary screening
Saturday, May 21
Washington West, Anderson Auditorium
2 p.m. screening, followed by a discussion
7 p.m. screening, followed by a panel discussion
Doors open 30 minutes before the film.
Purchase tickets online at:
$10 in advance/$15 at the door
Seating is limited.

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