Q&A: Community Recommended Documentaries for Parents


Is there a documentary that you think every parent should see?

  • Marissa Potter recommends,The Business of Being Born, just for starters.” [Trailer]
  • Audrey Jean Bromberg Hyvonen recommends,Consuming Kids was quite an eye opener for this mom.” [Trailer]
  • Kerrie McNay recommends,Mythic Journeys– it truly speaks to the soul and is an inspiring look at myth in our daily lives. Rites of passage, stories of family, ancestors, riddles, myth, culture, life questions, and more. (Oh, and it’s intertwined with a great riddling stop motion animation with the voices of Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, and Lance Henriksen.)” [Trailer]
  • Shannon Malone Kopacz recommends,Billy the Kid. Its a documentary about the life of a 15yo boy with Aspergers as he learns to navigate thru teenage love. Amazing stuff! So eye opening and hopeful. It gives great insight to outsiders about life with autism.” [Trailer]
  • Michelle Misha Crawford- Cranmore recommends,Food Inc., and Waiting for Superman.”
  • Anita Morehouse recommends, “Food Inc. was good, but also check out Maxed Out [Trailer] and The Lottery.”
  • Amanda Gadd recommends, “There is a docudrama I think every person should see- it’s called Part Time Fabulous. Amazing, factual, well done, important, and relevant to everyone.” [Trailer]
  • Kristy Matusiewicz Dyer recommends,Waiting for Superman!” [Trailer]
  • Shannon Malone Kopacz recommends, “Billy the Kid.”
  • Sara Karz Reid recommends,Nursery University.” [Trailer]
  • Christopher Overtree recommends,Race to Nowhere.” [Trailer]
  • Michele Lussier recommends,King Corn [Trailer]; Waiting for Superman.”
  • Jettie McCollough recommends,Forks Over Knives…so every parent can live to see their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren, or at least have the greatest possible chance at that beautiful opportunity.” [Trailer]
  • Anita Morehouse recommends, ‎”The Lottery.” [Trailer]
  • Craig Fear recommends, “Food Inc.” [Trailer]
  • Jason Turcotte recommends, “I couldn’t agree more with Craig!”
  • Annie Bob DeCoteau recommends,Raising Cain [Trailer] and Waiting For Superman.”
  • Kara Kitchen recommends, “Good for all but great for adolescent girls; Reviving Ophelia.” [Trailer]
  • Carrie St John recommends, “Definitely Waiting for Superman, especially if you have children in public school. It only takes a little time from each family to help in big ways.”
  • Robin Morgan Huntley recommends, “I actually have to respectfully disagree with Waiting for Superman… It’s captivating, but presents a very biased argument that is anti-teacher and pro-privatization (neither of which are good for students), and was not made by educators. Also, the film slyly avoids addressing issues of race and class, which are the biggest contributors to most of the issues the film addresses… Check out the movement Not Waiting for Superman, www.notwaitingforsuperman.org.”

Race to Nowhere: How the Pressure to Perform is Impacting Our Kids

Race To Nowhere is a groundbreaking documentary film that examines education, childhood and the unintended consequences of the achievement-obsessed way of life that permeates American education and culture. Unrelenting pressure, whether from well-intentioned parents, teachers, national leaders or from children themselves, is creating a generation suffering from unprecedented levels of stress, depression and burnout.


Race to Nowhere invites you to add your voice to a growing movement of educators, parents, medical professionals, policy makers and concerned citizens who want to see real change in education policies and practices.

Too many students in all grades in the U.S. are under undue performance pressure and stress, get too little sleep and exercise, have too much unnecessary homework, and attend schools that are overly focused on standardized test scores, grades, and/or college admissions. Too many teachers are unable to engage in quality teaching because they have inadequate resources or are under too much pressure from federal, state, district and board mandates that force them to “teach to a test” as they attempt to “cover” an unrealistic volume of content.

As a result, students are no longer in classrooms that challenge them to solve complex problems and think creatively, to work collaboratively on projects, to explore issues with real-world connections, and to develop the real skills needed to succeed in the 21st century and the global economy. Many students are exhausted, anxious, disengaged, unhealthy and unprepared for the future.

Click here to check out their petition to be presented to the  U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, members of Congress, as well as members of state boards of education, state legislators, and local boards of education.  Parents are also encourage the use of this petition in their local school community.

And HERE for other ways to get involved. They are currently addressing the best way to create a nationwide group of volunteers to support the film, screenings and a vision for change and are also looking for school administrators interested in joining their advisory board.

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