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April 26, 2012 (El Cajon)--A free screening of “Race to Nowhere, The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture,” a documentary movie that promotes homework-free weekends and holiday breaks for students, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in Building 26, Room #220, on the Grossmont College campus.


The public is invited to attend the screening, hosted by the Grossmont College Child Development Education & Family Studies Dept. 

The 85-minute documentary advocates a “cultural shift” based on research that reveals most homework doesn’t demonstrably increase learning, raise test scores or reflect the academic success in students in kindergarten through high school. According to the film’s website, “Race to Nowhere” is a call to families, educators, experts and policy makers to examine current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become the healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens in the 21st century.
The film had its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival in October 2009, and opened in theatres in New York and Los Angeles in September 2010.  Since then, it has been shown more than 4,000 times for a cumulative audience of more than 1 million in community-facilitated events sponsored by schools and parents nationwide.
“Race to Nowhere” features Dr. Madeline Levine, author of the bestseller, “The Price of Privilege;” Dr. Deborah Stipek, dean of the Stanford School of Education; Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, an adolescent medicine specialist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee,” Denise Pope, author of “Doing School:” and Sara Bennett, author of “The Case Against Homework.”
After the screening at Grossmont College, Claudia Flores, development coordinator with Grossmont College’s Child Development & Family Studies Department, will moderate a discussion with audience members. To reserve a seat at Grossmont College, visit For more information, contact Flores at (619) 644-7732. Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Dr., in El Cajon. For driving directions and a campus map, visit


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