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It isn't often that a third of a movie audience sticks around to discuss its message, but that is the effect of "Race to Nowhere," a look at the downside of childhoods spent on résumé-building. "How do you help your children balance when the whole education system is pushing, pushing, pushing, and you want your kids to be successful?" Alethea Lewis, a mother of two, asked a roomful of concerned parents who had just seen the film, a documentary, last week in Bronxville, N.Y., at a screening co-sponsored by the private Chapel School.
Benjamin faced many problems. His mom, Priscilla Gilman, tells how he brought her peace of mind.
After a quick hello, the admissions director got right to business: "We have some concerns about how Benjamin did at his visit," she said. "Really?" I replied. "We thought he did well. He had a good time." She paused. "No. He didn't do well." "What was the problem?" I asked. After some pausing and sighing, she finally came out with: "He seemed fixated on the magnetic letters and numbers. He didn't answer the teachers' questions appropriately or respond to the other children. We think he might do better in another school setting."