ARPS to Screen Award-Winning Documentary; Director to Attend

Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools is proud to present the provocative and award-winning documentary RACE TO NOWHERE: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture.  Thefilm will be shown on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 6pm in the AmherstRegional High School Auditorium. Tickets are $12 and available at

The film’s director, Vicki Abeles, will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions from the audienceafter the screening.

Superintendent Maria Geryk states,This is the first in aseries of community events in which the national conversation oneducation will be brought to Amherst. I encourage parents/guardians,middle and high school students, faculty, staff and community members toattend and discuss important issues facing education today. It is ourhope that the provocative themes in RACE TO NOWHERE will spur real interaction within our larger community.”

Hailed as a groundbreaking documentary feature film, RACE TO NOWHEREexamines what it labels “the achievement-obsessed way of life thatpermeates America”. Director Vicki Abeles trains her camera at ahigh-stakes, high-pressure schools culture, which has affected the livesof children. RACE TO NOWHEREpoints to, what it calls asilent epidemic in schools: cheating has become commonplace; studentsare disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; andmany young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared anduninspired.

RACE TO NOWHERE hopes to be call to action forfamilies, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptionson how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright,contributing and leading citizens.

“More than ever, the stakes for admission into college are morechallenging and pressure-filled. As a district, we’re hoping to betterunderstand and analyze what these expectations are doing to our childrenand families,” says Geryk. “In presenting this viewpoint, we hope toget people thinking critically about these issues and hear what theyhave to say about them.”

The event is co-sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc. and the Amherst AreaChamber of Commerce. Parents are asked to buy 2 tickets – one for themand one for a student. RACE TO NOWHERE has set aside 50tickets to subsidize free admission for middle and high school studentswho qualify. For more information, please contact Kimberly Stender,Volunteer Coordinator, at

The mission of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools is tocreate a dynamic learning community where students and staff worktogether and where all students are supported and challenged to achievetheir full potential in their intellectual, creative, social and civicendeavors. With parent and community participation, staff and studentsstrive to ensure a safe environment and to promote respect andappreciation for the diversity of individuals, cultures and learningstyles.

See the trailer for Race to Nowhere.

Last updated March 25, 2011