BEYOND THE RACE TO NOWHERE is an international grassroots movement to change the world by changing schools.
As storytellers and community organizers, we believe that documentary films have the power to bring people together and inspire cultural shifts. We make films to educate and empower individuals to move beyond fear and competition and reimagine a healthier future for our children and our society.
A decade ago our first film, Race to Nowhere, hit a cultural nerve, becoming one of the most watched documentaries ever produced. The film exposed the toxic culture in our schools and communities that elevates competition, test scores, and do-or-die college admissions—a crisis that is making our kids sick, robbing them of their ability to thrive in the future, and creating an unhealthy and inequitable society.
Millions of concerned people across the nation were galvanized, and together we have grown a global conversation and movement. Beyond films, we provide resources, strategies, and inspiration for making meaningful change in homes, schools, and communities. In the decade since, we’ve continued to make and distribute films to spark wider conversations and action, and we’ve grown a hundreds-of-thousands-strong alliance that is charting a new path for learning, living, and success.
We believe school is a shaper of society and also a powerful lever for change. If we create conditions in our schools so kids can thrive today, we can create a healthier, more vibrant society in the future.
Now, during this current moment as our schools reopen post-pandemic, it’s more urgent than ever to prioritize meaningful learning and the well-being of our children. Instead of returning to an outdated broken system, let’s use this opportunity to create real change.
Beyond the Race to Nowhere is a movement of parents, teachers, school leaders, students, and more to advocate for a healthier future during this historic time and for years to come.