Race to nowhere’s local progress

I’ve seen it in Lexington, Mass., where parents and educators came together this year to read our book, Beyond Measure, and screen the companion film. Inspired, they’re taking town-wide action. One elementary school ended traditional homework and replaced it with nightly reading for pleasure. Other schools in town are making time during the school day for the academic help and project work that are often pushed into precious after-school hours. Meanwhile, Superintendent Mary Czajkowski is meeting with students, parents, and teachers to shape more change for 2017. The strain students are suffering from overwork and unhealthy attitudes toward learning, she says, “has to bring our way of doing things into question.”


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