Dublin High School to Screen “Beyond Measure”, Award-Winning Sequel of “Race to Nowhere”
Dublin parent Dana Ogden, who wrote the widely read and discussed open letter on students struggling with too much homework and too little sleep, is bringing a special event to the Dublin community. To help parents and educators discuss solutions to the problem there will be a screening of the award-winning documentary “Beyond Measure” on Tuesday February 16, 6pm, at the Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education. The event is free and advance registration is required.
Where many past documentaries have dwelled on the education crisis and the policies to blame for it, “Beyond Measure” follows public schools across the country as they take matters into their own hands, innovating from the inside. Subverting our high-stakes education culture, even when it means putting their jobs at risk, the film’s featured educators are the advance guard in a burgeoning national movement to reinvent school. By spotlighting success stories, “Beyond Measure” shows that it is possible to rise above America’s toxic achievement fixation and build a richer, deeper, more empowering, and student-centered education culture from the ground up.
Dana Ogden: “I would like to personally invite you to attend this screening and I would be honored if you were so inclined to sign up and join the “plan of action” committee after watching it. To register for the film, “Beyond Measure” please click here. While it is a free event, everyone must register in advance in order to attend.”
Notable figures featured in the film include Sir Ken Robinson (international education expert and presenter of the most watched TED talk of all time), Linda Darling-Hammond (education advisor for President Obama’s 2008 campaign), and bestselling author Daniel Pink (Drive and A Whole New Mind). The film team includes Oscar-winning editor Jeffrey Friedman (Common Threads) and Executive Producer Lynda Weinman, founder of Lynda.com.
The film also coincides with Director Vicki Abeles’ new book, also titled “Beyond Measure”, a New York Times bestseller. The book, published by Simon and Schuster, examines cultural and educational symptoms of the academic rat race and suggests steps big and small that readers can take to reclaim their schools and children’s lives. Called America’s “wake-up call” by Maria Shriver and praised by New York Times bestselling author Brigid Schulte as “one of the most important books of the early 21st century,” “Beyond Measure” is resonating with parents, educators, and school communities ready for change. The book received a positive review from the New York Times which also ran Abeles’ op-ed “Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?”, one of the most emailed and read stories in the first weeks of the new year.
Vicki Abeles, the director of Beyond Measure, will be leading the Q & A following the screening in Dublin. Vicki will also be discussing her book, NYT Bestseller, Beyond Measure: Rescuing An Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation. Copies will be available and Vicki will be signing your books.
Since writing her open letter, Ms. Ogden has been pressuring the Dublin Unified School District to take a closer look at homework policies. Dublin School Board member Amy Miller has confirmed that homework policy will be discussed at an upcoming Board Meeting.
After the film concludes Ms. Ogden will be inviting those that were inspired by the film to join a follow-up/implementation committee that she’ll be facilitating to help implement a change going forward.