Reminder: Soundview School screening movie ‘Race to Nowhere’ Sunday

Two state lawmakers from Edmonds will be participating in Lynnwood-based Soundview School’s screening of the highly-acclaimed and thought-provoking education documentary “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture,” Sunday at 2 p.m.

This film is rcommended for public and private school administrators, teachers, counselors and psychologists, as well as parents of middle school and high school students. A panel discussion after the film will feature Washington State Reps. Mary Helen Roberts and Marko Liias, both representing District 21, Seattle University Professor Dr. Bridget Walker, and Carl Chew, a former Seattle elementary teacher who made national headlines in 2008 for refusing to give his then-6th graders the WASL.

Here’s the film synopsis: A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children’s lives, creating unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared and stressed-out youth. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people in all types of communities who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Soundview School is located at 6515 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood. For tickets, visit

  1. Actually, Legislative District 21 cover more than just downtown Edmonds. I believe it covers about 2/3s of Edmonds.

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