Panel will discuss Kentucky education

By Hongchul Yun

UK professors will weigh in on Kentucky education Tuesday night.

College of education Professors Wayne Lewis, Huajin Maske, John Thelin,and Ellen Usher  will discuss how to enhance education in the state after a screening of the documentary “Race to Nowhere” Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Center Theater at the UK Student Center.

“Through my work with the P20 Innovation Lab, I have had the opportunity to interact with school teachers and administrators from around the Commonwealth,” P20 Motivation and Learning Lab Director Ellen Usher said. “I am impressed with their commitment to look for innovative ways to address some of the challenges facing learners today. We will invite students in the audience to share their own perspectives on the film during the community discussion to follow the screening. ”

“Race to Nowhere” deals with current issues in schools, including stress, cheating and disengagement. Through student narratives and interviews with parents, the film points to the silent epidemic in schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. The film is a call to action for families, educators and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.

UK history student Brian Hagy is one student who is looking forward to this event.

“The event of free screening looks very interesting. I hope that it will be helpful for me to understand today’s problem about the students’ life and might give us the good solution  to make it better life in school,” he said.

Because space is limited, students who want to attend this event are encouraged to register in advance by visiting at and to arrive early to get a seat.