Education: What's Working, What's Not, What's Next
Vicki Abeles, Filmmaker; Public Speaker; Advocate for Children and Families
Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education, Stanford University – Moderator
How are the stresses of "achievement culture" affecting today¹s kids? In Abeles' documentary film Race to Nowhere, the Bay Area education reformer and mother of three explores how excessive homework, academic stress, high-stakes testing, the college admissions process and the prevailing competitive climate across the nation are redefining childhood. As the subjects of her film share, the pressure to perform has spawned a
dangerous epidemic of anxious, unhealthy and unprepared students. After more than 6,000 screenings around the globe, Race to Nowhere continues to be an enduring touchstone for parents and educators seeking to redefine success and ignite change in their school communities. Join Abeles and Boaler for an engaging evening of discussion about the obstacles to far-reaching and widespread change and their view of what's possible when people put research into practice and bring humanity and sanity back to our schools and our children's lives.
Location: Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program
Cost: $22 non-members, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID)