Thursday, December 5, 2013
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"It's a lot to think about ... when you don't know what you're going to do with your life," said Robert Field, a junior at North Yarmouth Academy.
"There are all these things that you're expected to excel at," said Ben McNaboe, a Yarmouth High School senior. He said students must make healthy choices for themselves, regardless of the pressure they feel from parents or peers.
Amy Ford, a Yarmouth parent, said she thought the film was good but not great.
"I think it takes a bit of a machine-gun approach," said Ford, whose two sons attend North Yarmouth Academy and Breakwater School in Portland. "Their schools seem to have figured it out. My boys don't stay up late doing homework. They're in bed by 10."
Her husband, Whit Ford, said parents must encourage children to set reasonable expectations, pursue interests they feel passionate about and attend colleges that are a good fit, regardless of where they fall on the list of best schools.
"In the end, wouldn't we all be better off if people were supported in pursuing their passions?" Ford said.
Gina and Noel Rollins said they moved to Yarmouth from the West Coast because they wanted to live in New England, did some research and were attracted by the town's reputable public schools.
And still they hope to avoid the pitfalls outlined in "Race to Nowhere."
"It's about balancing life and family and love," Noel Rollins said.
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