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Documentary explores overscheduled teens

COAST CITIES — Parents, do you feel like your child’s life seems so much more pressure-packed than your own childhood, but believe it’s necessary to ensure their success in later years? At 6:30 p.m Sept. 10. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Sanderling Waldorf School is sponsoring the local premiere of a new documentary that provides a different take on America’s mainstream education culture.
Directed by 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 downtime or family time.
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, academic cheating, and young people who have checked out. “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.
Tickets are $10 online at or $15 cash at the door. For more information about the documentary, visit