Marywood University Professor Hosts Community Screening of Race to Nowhere – A Documentary Exploring Standardized Testing in Schools

Published on Mon, November 29, 2010

Marywood University Assistant Professor of Education and Educational Leadership, Dr. Joseph Polizzi will be hosting a community showing of the hitting education expose documentary, Race to Nowhere at the Dietrich Theater on East Tioga Street at 1:30pm Sunday, December 5.  A discussion session with a panel of seasoned education experts spanning specialties and experiences will be included in the presentation.  Race to Nowhere is part of a nationwide movement of community screenings that use the film as the centerpiece for a growing national dialogue on the dangers and pitfalls of education's current "race to nowhere" mentality and ignite a call for change.

Concerned mom and first-time filmmaker, Vicki Abeles aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children's lives, creating unhealthy, detached, unprepared and stressed-out youth.  Race to Nowhere questions an education system that produces disengaged students, stress-related illness, rampant depression and young people who arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.  

The Tunkhannock screening features a post-film panel discussion with: Dr. David Palmiter, practicing psychologist, author, professor and Director of the Psychological Services Center at Marywood University and Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation board member; Dr. Ann Way, Tunkhannock Assistant Superintendant and 36 year education professional; Vince Rizzo, current Director of the Howard Gardner School for Discovery in Scranton, PA, educator for 40 years and contributing author to Multiple Intelligences Around the World, 2009; Jane Helman, early literacy specialist, Title 1 reading educator and Marywood instructor; Stephen Colley, school board member for the Tunkhannock Area School District and professor for the Marywood University art department; local homeschooling mother Darlene Catlett; and Dr. Joseph Polizzi, a Fulbright Scholar and Assistant Professor at Marywood University.

Admission is $5.  For more information see:, For screening details see: For press information contact Dr. Joseph Polizzi at 570-348-6211 x2497 or or Erin SanClementi at


Sunday, December 5 at 1:30pm

The Dietrich Theater

60 East Tioga Street

Tunkhannock, PA


Cost $5




Read the Scranton Times article:

National Education Documentary to be Screened and Discussed