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Youth face too much pressure

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On April 12 I attended a screening of the movie, “Road to Nowhere”, which was hosted by the Placer County Youth Commission. This movie was made by a mother who was concerned about the overachievement culture that is being created for our children. The movie was both haunting (as we saw a 13-year-old girl who had committed suicide because of a bad math grade) and enlightening (as we heard statistics about the smaller amount of homework that children in other countries receive and yet surpass us in achievement scores). Everyone should see this movie — teens, parents, teachers, administrators and anyone else who is interested in the well-being of our youth. A second screening of this movie will be held on April 27 at Roseville High School. It is time for all of us to step up to the plate and advocate for our children and for changes not only in our educational systems but in our overachieving, materialistic culture, as well. Although my children are still quite young, I want them to enjoy their childhood and their learning simultaneously and not feel stressed to be perfect in everything they do. Kim Laehle, Meadow Vista