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Watch Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6pm on WORLD.

A silent epidemic plaguing America's schools. Race to Nowhere features the heartbreaking stories of students pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve. The documentary shines a light on the price some kids pay for this "race to nowhere." 

Through interviews with teachers, parents and education experts, it reveals an education system where cheating, disengaged students, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are commonplace. Mother-turned-filmmaker Vicki Abeles chronicles her own family's intense schedule, taking viewers on an intimate journey into the center of the daily struggle to balance academic commitments and cultural expectations with healthy personal needs. 

From nights at the dinner table doing homework, to the desks of education and child psychology experts, Race to Nowhere explores whether current education modalities properly prepare students to think and work independently, creatively and collaboratively.

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