Is your student stressed out by school? Fort Mill film screening examines the subject

FORT MILL — A local resident who’s part of a crusade to reform education nationwide is hosting a screening of a related documentary called “Race to Nowhere” at 7 p.m. tonight at Loom Coworking at 120 Academy Street in downtown Fort Mill.

The film is part of a campaign by a not-for-profit called End The Race that, according to its website, “is a 501(c)(3) public charity that focuses on safeguarding the health and well-being of children and adolescents by helping transform the educational system and redefining cultural notions of success and achievements.”

The screening was organized by Christine Dayton of Fort Mill who made an unsuccessful run for school board in the last election.

According to a website for the film, part of the premise for the need to reform public education is that students at all levels are over-tested and over-stressed because of standardized testing.

The film, “Through the testimony of educators, parents and education experts, it 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 arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired,” the website states. A group discussion will take place following the screening.

BricksForKidz will be on-hand to offer some childcare.

The venue has seating for 100 people. Tickets are $6 and can be reserved by contributing at a GoFundMe page set up by the movement’s Fort Mill team. For more information, go to racetonowhere.com or loomcoworking.com.

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