This file includes a viewing guide for students to complete as they watch Abeles' and Congdon's Race to Nowhere (2010). This file also includes an answer key.
According to Netflix, Race to Nowhere is a "cautionary documentary focus[ing] on the potential adverse impact of parent's mounting obsession with their kids' academic results." The documentary is 85 minutes and can be streamed using Netflix. As a result, many students can watch the documentary and complete the viewing guide independently or in class.
The viewing guide includes pre-viewing discussion questions (4), viewing questions (33), and post-viewing questions (3). The Word document is editable, so you can choose which questions are best for your students. The handout is designed to spark inquisitiveness, engage students while they analyze the documentary's argument, and consider their own position.
Once completed, I often have a graded discussion over the documentary where students use the viewing guide to inform and shape their opinions. The pre- and post-viewing questions often jump start and anchor these discussions.