The Portico is hosting a screening of the powerful education documentary “Race to Nowhere.” Bring your small group, your spouse, your friends. Invite your child’s teachers and principals. You don’t want to miss.

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve, “Race to Nowhere” calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Through the testimony of educators, parents and education experts, it reveals an education system in which cheating has become commonplace; students have become disengaged; stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant; and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Shown nationwide and internationally in more than 7,000 schools, universities, cinemas, hospitals, corporations and community centers, “Race to Nowhere” has become the centerpiece of a nationwide, grassroots movement for the transformation of education.

Vicki Abeles who directed and produced the film, says “that our children’s well-being comes first—and well before the ‘perfect’ college acceptance, before the championship soccer game, before the straight-A report card. We need to rally together as a whole community of parents, coaches, educators, administrators, lawmakers and students to upend our cultural definitions of ‘success’ and ‘achievement’ to include health, resilience, curiosity, relationships… all the intangibles of a meaningful and rewarding childhood and adulthood.”

“Race to Nowhere” is a film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Join us to view the movie, then discuss how our current educational structure impacts our children and their future. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, The Portico.

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