The much-discussed documentary “Waiting for Superman” focuses on low-income children languishing in low-performing schools that ask too little of them. The film “Race to Nowhere” trains its cameras on middle-class children striving in high-achieving schools that expect too much of them.
Born out of first-time filmmaker Vicki Abeles’ concerns over the demands on her children, the documentary is a montage of over-scheduled kids working at a literal fever pitch to be smarter, faster and better to get ahead in what has become an arms race to win admission to top colleges.
“I didn’t think when I had kids, the only time I would see them is 20 minutes at dinner,” says Abeles.
“Childhood has become indentured to test scores, performance and competition,” she says.
“I started to make some changes in my home, but the