The Race to Nowhere

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Education can be a cut-throat experience for teens trying to get ahead. Between calculus, honors society and sports, many young adults spend their high school years struggling to boost their college applications at the expense of creativity and a passion for learning.

Getting into a prestigious college is a worthy goal, as college is a base requirement for many 21st century jobs, but educators across the country report that academic pressures can cause depression, stress-related illnesses and burnout.

Carolina Day School will explore these strains at a screening of Race to Nowhere, a documentary that features “heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve.”

The screening will be held in Carolina Day School’s upper school auditorium on Wednesday, May 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. After the film, Tom Trigg, Head of School for Carolina Day, Anne Ponder, Chancellor of UNCA and Steven L. Solnick, President of Warren Wilson College will discuss the future of education and how to prepare students for jobs that require critical thinking and innovation.

Carolina Day School is located at 1345 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. The Wednesday, May 22 screening is free. Info: http://carolinaday.org.

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