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Kelly Falcone

Professor & Professional Development Coordinator

Race to Nowhere: What’s wrong with education today?

Are our students in a an educational race to nowhere?

From the Race to Nowhere website: “Race to Nowhere” is a film and call to mobilize 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.

Here are a few videos to get the conversation started:

The Unintended Consequences of our educational system: http://www.racetonowhere.com/unintended-consequences

NBC nightly news clip about the Race to Nowhere: http://www.racetonowhere.com/nbc-nightly-news-brian-williams-education-nation

Here is a video of a panel discussion at Stanford University: http://www.racetonowhere.com/stanford-panel-discussion-follows-screening-race-nowhere

What are your thoughts?  Is our current educational structure failing our students? What effect have standardized test scores had on our educational system?

1 comment on “Race to Nowhere: What’s wrong with education today?

  1. Beth Darrow on

    I enjoyed the three videos and the facts that they present. It was very touching for me to hear experienced teachers explain their difficulties in watching their students struggle with academics. I think that it is often easy for us to see students as “not working hard enough”, however we need to put ourselves in their shoes and really pay attention to the big problems.

    I teach a class of high school students at my church, and I often struggle to get them to do their homework and to participate. These videos helped me realize that my students obviously have issues that need to be addressed instead of doing their homework.

    I hope that all students are given more opportunities to achieve their academic goals. In the video that shows the Stanford University panel discussion, it was shocking to see how one girl says that her friends do not have the same opportunities as she.
    I think overall we need to stop focusing on testing as the only solution to educational problems. We should also focus on life skills and creativity that will help our students.

    Every teacher and professor I have ever met sacrifices constantly for their students and that is something that will continue to inspire people in our communities.

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