Tuesday, April 12, 2011

where are we going?

last night the freedom institute invited me to a screening of a 'race to nowhere'.

the documentary opens with a photo of an adorable 13-year-old who committed suicide after getting a B on a math test.

the movie talks about the pressures all of our kids are under. they are feeling it everywhere. school. at home. at after school activities. it's all about getting straight A's and being all around amazing so they can get into the right college (think harvard) so upon graduation they wind up in some job that will result in wealth and success.

meanwhile this pressure not only results in rampant cheating but is literally making our kids sick leading to adulthood diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and on and on.

this movie is a giant wake-up call. there are so many questions that need to be asked: first and foremost: what exactly are we teaching our kids? and in all the hours they spend at school and doing homework are they learning anything about how to be happy?

i hope so.

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