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These educators went all in on upending the paradigm | October 29, 2016 |  I urge everyone to see this compelling documentary, and use it as a starting point for a discussion about how to improve our local schools

“Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimate Generation” | December 18, 2015 | In the thought-provoking “Beyond Measure,” Vicki Abeles offers a compelling set of arguments for reconsidering how we define success in American education and for radically altering the approach we’ve taken to get there.

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“Film Review: Beyond Measure” | October, 2015 |  Beyond Measure offers a variety of alternatives to the “test and punish” policies of the 19th century, all of which have the same goal put forth by many educators.

“It’s Our Job to Rescue Kids from Burnout” | February 4, 2016 | Abeles recognizes that many parents feel caught in a system that they have little control over. We are led to believe that the road to success is paved with lots of hard work, ample extracurricular activities, and a degree from a top college.

“The Global Search for Education: What’s Best for Your Child?” | October 15, 2015 | My message is not about education: it’s about childhood. If we really want to improve education in America, and if we really want our children to succeed, we need to re-frame the very questions we’re asking.

“Saving Our Kids” | February 22, 2016 | Diablo Magazine gave us the chance to answer important questions about the overachievement race and to impart some lessons learned for parents. The ultimate message: change is possible. With action, there is hope.


“…the most powerful film…in many years about what’s needed—and possible—in American education.”
— Edutopia, George Lucas Education Foundation

“Director Vicki Abeles takes us to public schools where classrooms resemble startups — and where experimentation, critical thinking and creativity are front and center”
— San Francisco Chronicle

“A road map for communities looking to put true learning at the forefront of their school experience. It demonstrates what students, educators and parents can achieve when they look beyond merely improving upon an outdated model of instruction to creating dynamic learning environments where every student can thrive.”
— Timothy Quinn, Former President, Princeton Board of Education

“…a remarkable achievement..powerfully useful…”
—Dr. Elizabeth Coleman, former President, Bennington College

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Maria Shriver, a strong supporter of our work, ran an excerpt on families reclaiming time taken by excessive homework.

Read an excerpt in Slate of the intro to our new book that illuminates the unhealthy stress many children experience. Maria Shriver says it well: our country needs a wake-up call.

“Why I Think All Schools Should Abolish Homework” | April 14, 2017 | How long is your child’s workweek? Thirty hours? Forty? Would it surprise you to learn that some elementary school kids have workweeks comparable to adults’ schedules?

“Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?” | January 2, 2016 | Until now, one key idea has been left out of debates about pressure-cooker education and children’s stress: the fact that chronic stress in childhood has lasting effects, raising the risk of illness in adulthood. Science shows it. Our NY Times op-ed finally says it.

“How Not to Raise a Workaholic” | January 29, 2016 |Are we raising children fated to become the Burnout Generation? Our LA Times op-ed explains how a skewed school-life balance ultimately hurts kids — and how some communities are working to restore health and sanity to young schedules.