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Panel discussion to follow ‘Race to Nowhere’ screening in Oak Lawn

Adam Woodworth executive director The Children's Museum Oak Lawn hopes for full house Oct. 17 screening 'Race Nowhere.'  |

Adam Woodworth, executive director of The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn, hopes for a full house at the Oct. 17 screening of "Race to Nowhere." | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media

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The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn and Oak Lawn Community High School are teaming up to show a documentary about America’s education system.

The thought-provoking documentary “Race to Nowhere” will be shown Oct. 17 in the theater in the high school, 9400 Southwest Highway.

Admission is free, but those who want to attend should reserve one of the 200 seats by visiting the museum’s website, www.cmoaklawn.org.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The film begins at 6:40, with a panel discussion to follow at 8 p.m.

“It really got into children being overscheduled,” said Adam Woodworth, the museum’s executive director. “You’re getting out of school, you’re running to soccer practice, tae kwon do, eat dinner somewhere, get home at 9 at night and, oh yeah, you’ve got to do homework.

“It really gets into the overscheduling of kids today. It gets people talking about some of these issues, about the educational system in this country. Some ideas are based on what we see with our own kids,” Woodworth said.

One of the messages, that kids need more free time to learn through having fun, “aligns with our mission here at the museum,” Woodworth said.

The panel is diverse, featuring people in and out of education: State Sen. Bill Cunningham; Karen Olalde, clinical director of Bridges to a New Day; Jason Rhodes, guidance counselor at the high school; Dorothy Angelo, a social worker at the high school; and Courtney Kohn Sanders, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Governors State University.

For more information about the movie, visit www.RaceToNowhere.com or www.EndTheRace.org.

“What this is designed to do is make you think, ‘Now what?’ ” Woodworth said. “There are things you will agree with and disagree with.”



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