UM to Host Screening and Discussion of 'Race to Nowhere'

February 09, 2015

MISSOULA – A screening and discussion of the film “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the University Center Theater on the University of Montana campus. The event is free and open to the public.

“Race to Nowhere” features heartbreaking stories from students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve. Through the testimony of educators, parents and education experts, the film reveals an education system in which cheating has become commonplace; students have become disengaged; stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant; and young people enter college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Hosted by Phi Delta Kappa and UM’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, “Race to Nowhere” challenges current thinking about the way American society prepares school-age children for success. The film – named by as one of “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss” – aims to bring communities together to spark dialogue and galvanize change in America’s schools.

Shown nationwide and internationally in more than 7,000 schools, universities, cinemas, hospitals, corporations and community centers, “Race to Nowhere” has become the centerpiece of a nationwide grassroots movement for the transformation of education.

For more information about the screening and discussion, email Assistant Professor Lucila Rudge at or call 406-243-5415.


Contact: Lucila Rudge, assistant professor, UM Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 406-243-5415,