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Cover Story - March 16, 2012

The wisdom of teens

In acrylic on canvas, kids reflect on growing up in Palo Alto

by Chris Kenrick

Well-meaning but overzealous "tiger parents," social pressures and the pleasures of solitude are among the themes of a teen art exhibit on display in Palo Alto this weekend and through April 1.

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Posted by John Jacobs, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 16, 2012 at 11:24 am

What a wonderful opportunity for our local youth to express themselves- a very powerful and effective way to promote good mental health amongst our young people as they deal with the pressures of growing up in Palo Alto. Congratulations to Carolyn, Deanna, Jade and others who are collaborating on such a worthwhile venture.

Posted by Brian Guth-Pasta, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 16, 2012 at 11:28 am

Brian Guth-Pasta is a registered user.

Yet we continue to cut funding to the arts. You have to love how America doesn't value happiness and creativity/culture and only the hard sciences. Look how well that worked out during my career at Gunn. (Graduated 2009)

Posted by Susan, a resident of Triple El
on Mar 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

Thank you so much for bringing attention to this exhibit. I support listening to the voices of the kids (young adults) in our community!

Posted by parent, a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm

This exhibit shows how important our elective programs are at the high schools. Let's hope they remain intact through the graduation requirement decision process and the budget situation. We hope those who get the most out of these programs come forward to advocate.

Posted by Palo Alto Parent, a resident of Green Acres
on Mar 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I was amazed at the depth of feelings portrayed by the students. The works are very captivating and thoughtful. Kudos to everyone for bringing out the best in the students. To me this is what Palo Alto is truly about!

Posted by Martin L., a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

May those who in an adjacent forum advocate for even more academic pressure on our kids, take notice of the message in these self-portraits.

Posted by Janet Dickens, a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm

As a parent that has lost a son, thank you Jade and the community for doing this. It shows the love that you have for our youth and to make sure that other families do not suffer as we are suffering. Hope to be at Philz tomorrow afternoon.

Posted by Janet Dickens, a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Meant to add to prvious comment - so beautiful, humble regards.

Posted by Gunn parent and alumni, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:52 am

My daughter spoke about tiger parents and how her peers are affected. Now I understand.

Posted by Ann, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 19, 2012 at 11:23 am

Great article!

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