Movie Screening About Pressure Being Put on Today's Youth

Penn State Altoona Offers Screening of Race to Nowhere
ALTOONA - Hosted by Penn State Altoona's Education Department, Race to Nowhere will be shown at 7 p.m., September 14, 2011, in the Devorris Downtown Center.
Created by first-time filmmaker Vicki Abeles, Race to Nowhere is a close-up look at the pressures on today's students, offering an intimate view of lives packed with activities, leaving little room for down-time or family time. Parents today are expected to raise high-achieving children, who are good at everything: academics, sports, the arts, and community-service. The film tackles the tragic side of our often achievement-obsessed culture, with interviews that explore the hidden world of over-burdened schedules, student suicide, and academic cheating.
Race to Nowhere asks the question: Are the young people of today prepared to step fully and productively into their future? We hear from students who feel they are being pushed to the brink, educators who worry students aren't learning anything substantive, and college professors and business leaders, concerned their incoming employees lack the skills needed to succeed in the business world.
A panel discussion will follow the film.

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