3.02.2011

race to nowhere

I went to a screening of race to nowhere this week. It was not as in depth as I would have liked but I do think that it is a great discussion starter. I have always been a big believer in lots of free time for our children. (Or perhaps I am just lazy.) I have also experienced the frustrations of having a child at a school that was not a good fit.

I have learned that there are usually more options than we might first see. Life and childhood are far to precious to needlessly suffer through.

Have you seen this movie? What did you think?


I also read this book earlier this year. It has a lot of great things to say. I would highly recommend it for anyone with school aged children.

7 comments:

Brilliant Chic said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I might take a peek at that book!

Margaret said...

I haven't seen it but I want to. I think about this everyday. We try to "unschedule" as much as we can as a family, but these days you feel like you're falling off some vital sports curve if you're not making all the perfect choices.
On another note, will you do a post on how you grind your own wheat and bake your bread? I'd love to hear about the wheat grinding process.

jora said...

I'm obsessed with the topic of education (having a 5 y.o., 3 y.o. and 16 mo. old). What type of school(s) have you chosen for your kids? Ours are at a Waldorf School for now and we are happy, but I am always eager to hear what has worked for others (esp. for someone with 7 kids!!)

Rene said...

Ooh, this looks like a must see. Here's to lots of down time. And no you aren't just lazy.

My Interior Life said...

Great topic. Right now, our daughter is in public school and our son in a private pre-k, but he'll be at her elementary next year. I'll have to check out the film and that book as well!

Thanks!

About Last Weekend said...

Thanks for this post. I meant to see this movie, but didn't get around to it. Was having cocktails with friends...story of my life. Yes, in the past have always "under-scheduled" my kids (compared to most) and I feel loads of pressure to sign them up for things. I guess I'm just starting to realise that not every activity is an "opportunity". I'm going to buy that book.

Tessa said...

Just catching up on your posts... Your mom's house looks so pretty! Enjoy your vacation!

This movie and book are now must see & reads for me. So interesting and scary. We are fortunate to live in a school district that pushes critical thinking & creative problem solving starting in Kindergarten, but I'm sure we still have a long way to go. Thanks for the recomendations!

Tessa