ARPS to Screen Award-Winning Documentary; Director to Attend

Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools is proud to present the provocative and award-winning documentary RACE TO NOWHERE: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture.  The film will be shown on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 6pm in the Amherst Regional High School Auditorium. Tickets are $12 and available at

The film’s director, Vicki Abeles, will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions from the audience after the screening.

Superintendent Maria Geryk states,This is the first in a series of community events in which the national conversation on education will be brought to Amherst. I encourage parents/guardians, middle and high school students, faculty, staff and community members to attend and discuss important issues facing education today. It is our hope that the provocative themes in RACE TO NOWHERE will spur real interaction within our larger community.”

Hailed as a groundbreaking documentary feature film, RACE TO NOWHERE examines what it labels “the achievement-obsessed way of life that permeates America”. Director Vicki Abeles trains her camera at a high-stakes, high-pressure schools culture, which has affected the lives of children. RACE TO NOWHEREpoints to, what it calls a silent epidemic in schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

RACE TO NOWHERE hopes to be call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

“More than ever, the stakes for admission into college are more challenging and pressure-filled. As a district, we’re hoping to better understand and analyze what these expectations are doing to our children and families,” says Geryk. “In presenting this viewpoint, we hope to get people thinking critically about these issues and hear what they have to say about them.”

The event is co-sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc. and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. Parents are asked to buy 2 tickets – one for them and one for a student. RACE TO NOWHERE has set aside 50 tickets to subsidize free admission for middle and high school students who qualify. For more information, please contact Kimberly Stender, Volunteer Coordinator, at

The mission of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools is to create a dynamic learning community where students and staff work together and where all students are supported and challenged to achieve their full potential in their intellectual, creative, social and civic endeavors. With parent and community participation, staff and students strive to ensure a safe environment and to promote respect and appreciation for the diversity of individuals, cultures and learning styles.

See the trailer for Race to Nowhere.

Last updated March 25, 2011
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