Post a New Topic
Original post made
on Oct 17, 2013
A perfect example of returning to the community what has been generated by a successful business man.
If only someone who gets rich like this would donate a huge sum to a school that REALLY needs it, like UC Davis, San Jose State, CSU East Bay. That would help,a lot more kids in a realistic way. Stanford has enough money already.
If only palo alto could get its hands on that money-- they could hire consultants for the next century!'n maybe slick Greg Scharf could come up with a plan.
While I applaud his generosity, I'm with you in wishing some would give even a fraction of that amount to San Jose State, CSU East Bay, or some of the local community colleges. These institutions have been hit hard over the past decade and are barely getting by. Walk around the campuses and you will see that they can't afford to do even the basics, such as washing windows more than every 5 years. Their science facilities are, for the most part, very outdated, yet they are also training the scientists and science teachers most likely to stay in California and serve our communities. It's true they don't have as many brilliant students or exceptional science facilities as Stanford, but they educate the engineers, teachers, and business people that Silicon Valley can't do without. They also facilitate many, many more opportunities for first-generation students and students whose parents have no way of supporting their college education. Their dollars could make a real difference, but it's hard to get their attention.
It is sickening how the people and institutions who do not need any more money get the biggest donations, while those in real financial danger get nothing. It is absolutely Unamerican! What ever happened to the American way of rooting for the underdog? Gone with the wind, I guess.
Clark's donation is funding advanced research that will change the lives of everyone.
He is not subsidizing undergraduate education - so complaints about not funding other colleges are misdirected.
Let's be thankful for his donation, which will hopefully result in more scientific breakthroughs that serve humankind.
I worked for Netscape 1995-99, and will never forget meeting Jim once in the Paris office. I told him how awesome the experience at Netscape had been, how I'd met my wife and now was expecting our first child, and that Netscape had been what made that all possible.
He then said, deadpan, "Why the F#$% would you want to get married and have a kid?"
Regardless, Stanford is in no need of money in any way whatsoever. The money would be better spent on a public school or schools.
Mr. Clark's donation will fund some great research - and yes, as a former Netscaper, he's not the nicest guy. So what. He's doing good with his money.
Neighbor from East Meadow - your local community college, Foothill, has a beautiful new science building and is in the midst of updating its faciities, it is far from outdates.
As far as donating to the UC and CSU's - when Governor Brown starts prioritizing Universities instead of prisons, I'll pitch in. And our community colleges should charge tuition that is much more in line with other states, with waivers for low income students, a sliding scale of sorts. There are kids whose parents are multi-millionaires - literally - paying the miniscule tuition fees at Foothill. And not being asked to donate to the school Strange.
Hey, anonymous editor-- shouldn't you have stated that my post was removed because it referenced a deleted post? Why did it take you 11 hours to remove zaharis' vile post? How about some constancy in your editing? How about editors identifying who they are ( you guys are quite keen on asking unto use our real names)?
Some things never change in Palo Alto. Seems it is a rite of passage to criticize anyone who is wealthy and/or how they choose to donate their good fortune. The phrase "thank you" apparently doesn't exist.
Why must people take a negative view and complain about a $60M donation to Stanford. If you want to donate to San Jose State or Davis, please do.
By the way, Stanford gets this money because so many of the alumni from Stanford have been exceptionally successful. What's wrong with donating back to a schools that gets results.
Thanks Jim Clark.
This is the United States of America where people are supposed to
have freedoms, but I have found that to be a lie. People are supposed to
have equal educational opportunity, yet those few from wealthy families
who are fortunate to attend Stanford will always have the golden spoon
in hand through life.
The others (like me) who could only afford to attend CSU and graduated
with a toilet paper degree don't have it so good.
I don't see anything wrong with commenting that the wealth should be spread around a bit to ensure more equal opportunity in education.
I went to a UC school, not that much more expensive than a CSU. I don't buy your analogy about the value of your degree at all. It's what you do with it that matters. You can earn a Stanford degree and end up driving a truck if you don't have the motivation and initiative to do something productive in life.
Not sure where it is written that beyond the 12th grade that we are supposed to have equal education. At some point you have to academically differentiate yourself. And as far as Stanford goes, anyone who is accepted and has a family income under $100K may attend the university for free.
Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.
Post a comment
Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online.
Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information
We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.
Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?
- Barron Park
- Charleston Gardens
- Charleston Meadows
- College Terrace
- Community Center
- Crescent Park
- Downtown North
- Duveneck/St. Francis
- Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
- Esther Clark Park
- Evergreen Park
- Greater Miranda
- Green Acres
- Greendell/Walnut Grove
- Leland Manor/Garland Drive
- Meadow Park
- Monroe Park
- Old Palo Alto
- Palo Alto Hills
- Palo Alto Orchards
- Palo Verde
- South of Midtown
- St. Claire Gardens
- The Greenhouse
- Triple El
- University South
- Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
- Addison School
- Barron Park School
- Duveneck School
- Egan Middle School (Los Altos)
- El Carmelo School
- Escondido School
- Fairmeadow School
- Gunn High School
- Hoover School
- JLS Middle School
- Jordan Middle School
- Juana Briones School
- Nixon School
- Ohlone School
- Palo Alto High School
- Palo Verde School
- Santa Rita (Los Altos)
- Terman Middle School
- Walter Hays School
- another community
- Another Palo Alto neighborhood
- East Palo Alto
- Los Altos
- Los Altos Hills
- Menlo Park
- Mountain View
- Portola Valley
Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.
Teavana Palo Alto closes
By Elena Kadvany | 6 comments | 4,046 views
What Freshmen Should be Thinking About College
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 17 comments | 3,225 views
Waiting on the Edge of Death
By Chandrama Anderson | 6 comments | 1,616 views
Welcome Back Sugar Addict
By Laura Stec | 3 comments | 1,476 views
Clarifying the Process of Canonization
By Nick Taylor | 1 comment | 1,384 views
Home & Real Estate
Shop Palo Alto
Send News Tips
Circulation & Delivery
Mountain View Voice
© 2015 Palo Alto Online
All rights reserved.