FORT WAYNE, Ind.—How can we best prepare young people in this country for their futures? According to the film Race to Nowhere, our elementary, middle, and high schools are not doing the job. Vicki Abeles, the film’s creator and co-director, says she was inspired to make this film “…after a series of wake-up calls made me look closely at our education system—and at the relentless pressure it puts on our children and families.”
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is pleased to sponsor a showing of Race to Nowhere, Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101. Following the film, a panel of local experts will discuss the ideas put forth in the film. IPFW’s Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, William McKinney, said, “While still the envy of the world, America’s educational system faces unprecedented challenges. This panel of expert community leaders will address those challenges in the context of this film.”
In a related note, Diane Ravitch, long-time historian and education analyst, will present “Education Reform,” as the Omnibus Lecture, Tuesday, Match 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center. For more information on the panel discussion, contact McKinney at 260-481-6166; for more information about the film, go to the film's website; and for information on the Omnibus Lecture Series, go to the Omnibus website.