Have you seen the film "Race to Nowhere?" I haven't, but the trailer makes me want to see it. It's coming to a theater near me in January. Hopefully I can see it then.
The film is about the effect standardized tests have on kids these days - the pressure to perform and a culture obsessed with the illusion of achievement.
If you haven't seen the trailer, check it out:
There are some who say we are doing our kids and society a disservice by not demanding enough in school. And then, there are others who say we are demanding too much.
In a Letter from the Director on the film's web site (www.racetonowhere.com), Vicki Abeles says, "Childhood has become indentured to test scores, performance and competition. We face an epidemic of unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared kids trying to manage as best they can."
What gets me is that with all of the focus on tests, test scores and grades, it seems as if we have become a society where we expect kids to perform, but not necessarily learn and retain valuable information. And what about critical thinking skills? Or the ability to solve problems that come up in real life and aren't black and white?
So what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with the director, that we are facing "an epidemic of unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared kids?"