Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School
On the evening of Thursday, November 12, the feature-length documentary film Beyond Measure will be given a free, public-invited screening inside the auditorium of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. The follow-up to the groundbreaking Race to Nowhere: the Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture will be presented at 7 pm, in an event hosted by the RFH School District, and by the Rumson Borough and Fair Haven Borough School Districts.
Admission is free, but seats must be reserved in advance by visiting the RFH web site, and clicking the link on the Home Page.
A 2015 release from Race to Nowhere producer Reel Link Films, Beyond Measure shines a light on tenacious and cutting-edge alternatives to the stifling, high-pressure education system presented in the first film. 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 and innovate 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, student-centered education culture from the ground-up.
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 upcoming screening at RFH is part of a nationwide campaign to bring the film to schools, theaters, and festivals across the country. Director Vicki Abeles’ new book, also titled Beyond Measure, will be available for purchase at the RFH screening courtesy of River Road Books. Abeles’ book 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 their children’s lives. It has been described as “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.”