Post a New Topic
Original post made
on Jun 6, 2014
Thank goodness for Mrs. Diorio. We appreciate her leadership.
Diorio launched. . . a "shadowing" program in which teachers spend a day as a student on campus, going through a typical day. About 30 teachers, as well as she herself, participated, Diorio said, "developing that student empathy, understanding what it was like to be a student on our campus."
What they missed was the homework loads and extracurriculars our students need for college acceptances. Teachers need to understand the academic pressure our students face. I know my child's challenging teachers this year do not understand it because their expectations were way too high for regular lane classes.
Progress at Paly is very strange when it's measured in 100 fewer streakers. Meanwhile 112 Algebra exams are thrown out because of cheating and around $50 Million in new buildings slated for next year.
I agree that Ms. Diorio is really making a difference. Way to go Paly.
Poor babies. Stressed out over not being able to streak and the clothing Gestapo. If they can't handle that, they won't be able to handle anything other than junior college anyway.
Almost sounds like they thing there is a right to streak. Look at it this way. A female student feels sexually harassed because of streaking. She does not date boys.
Hashtags go crazy and twitter goes into meltdown as "#justiceforPaly goes off the charts.
School admins say nothing for a few days until MTV, Gawker, Jezebel and HuffPo pick up the story. Rush Limbaugh says some dumb old man thing which makes people even angrier and makes another 500,000 use the hash tag.
Anyway it sounds like a bunch of entitled babies are complaining over at PAHS.
I have to agree with Anonymous above.
Streaking may or may not have got out of hand, but what about the cheating?
On another note, seniors have to find some traditions that are not likely to get them suspended. There was news about a school where the seniors paid for a mariachi band to follow the principal around all day. Now, I wonder how Diorio would cope with that one.
Thank you Mrs. Diorio for providing the kind of leadership and discipline which the students deserve and need.
An important part of a young person's education is learning that there are rules and limits in life and how to accept and prosper under those rules and within those limits.
There appears to be no shortage of attention to how to cope with students. You have the Federal government at Paly possibly for the very matter of streaking.
Students who did not cheat are being forced to re-take a Final during the summer.
A Mariachi band following Mrs. Diorio? I wonder what would happen.
The other "coping" that is going on is that students at large pay for the actions of a few, not a bad lesson to learn, but Sparty insulting the very students who have chosen to correct the legacy of older people like President Bill Clinton and his generation is unnecessary.
This generation of kids are adult beyond their years, and I predict that they will do great things. It is most heartening that Mrs. Diorio recognizes that.
I am more concerned about the next crackdown. Students get cracked down plenty with the work they have to do, and you have Sparty calling them entitled.
I am happy as a parent that the streaking is over. Thanks to the OCR and good riddance to Phil Winston.
For those who do not know, what is streaking?
How about cracking down on cheating, over zealous teachers, and overbearing parents who use threatening tactics on their kids ( such as, we will disown you if you don't get a 4.5 GPA ).
I think that the termination of Mr. Winston was a good thing after what he did. Why is he still teaching in this district. No way should he be in the classroom at Jordan.
I think the kids have just gotten more lazy. Who wants to actually RUN when you can sit and play video games or send group texts.
I wish the principle and parents focused on more important topics. I'm sorry if this is not a politically correct position but I find it sad that so much press and internal messages from the principle focuses on streaking versus the more meaningful and important topics of too much homework, how to be successful in paly and overall well being. Please, let's move on.....
<<....more meaningful and important topics of too much homework, how to be successful in paly and overall well being. >>
Paly parents are highly competitive & want "their" kids to be better students than their classmates in order to help get into first or second tier colleges. That superiority generally shows up in grades. Merely being on-time & present in a classroom & acing T-F or multiple choice tests which can be quickly scored doesn't give enough opportunity for top students to demonstrate their excellence, so reports, essays, projects, etc., aka "homework" is assigned to find the best students & reward them with the highest grades. What's "too much" for some isn't for others.
I agree that "overall well being" is very important and a component of that is a kid's sense of satisfying parental expectations. Parents could ease up the pressure for their kids to excel beyond the kids' peers.
I have more sympathy for the teachers who have to read, evaluate & grade homework from 120 students than I do the kids who must complete assignments for 5 or 6 classes. Until high schools & college admissions offices switch to pass/fail & ignore grades, there will be homework. If it's too much, parents could help their kids aim lower.
@ "Residet" from midtown -
"Streaking" = running naked through and around school (or public place) where everyone else wears clothing. The old idea was to do it so quickly & unexpectedly that the nude runner wouldn't be identified. Many years ago, a single streaker had shock value. At Paly, that had deteriorated to dozens or hundreds of naked wanderers for days. No longer amusing & lost shock value long ago by overexposure.
Seriously, all the attention on streaking is ridiculous. What a bunch of whiners.
The district and Paly have much bigger fish to fry. Stop trying to make everything so PC that it has no soul anymore.
Did you read that ingesting dirt and bugs as infants makes our children stronger? The same is true throughout life. stop sheltering our kids and sucking the fun and challenge of authority out of their lives. Suspension is simply a-one size-fits-all measure to not have to deal with the problem, whatever it may be. If you want to give consequences for streaking try a response that is more creatively tailored rather than so lazy and CYA in nature.
There is a bunch that needs attention in this district. Embrace our kids and get on with it already.
Yes, there are many important issues that Paly has to deal with, like cheating. But that shouldn't mean we ignore everything else. Streaking is illegal, so I see no reason why the schools should allow children to break the law. I understand that some kids thought it was fun. Most kids would also like to eat ice-cream for breakfast every day, but most reasonable parents don't allow that either. Kudos to Ms. Diorio for showing leadership and common sense.
Jaywalking is illegal too. The point isn't for Paly to encourage streaking, or even condone it, but not to involve the police. I think suspensions are appropriate. You don't involve the police when you see someone jaywalking, or a car accident in which both drivers agree they are 100% fine and note no damage to their cars. I just wanted to see some of the same discretion used here -- being labeled a sex-offender ruins a life, and this cost outweighs the benefits of involving the police.
I am pro-streaking, although I agree that last year the situation was out of hand. They did not, however, have 100 streakers.
And if anyone is interested, here's a link to a Campanile editorial on streaking from a few years ago. It's on page 7, I believe -- Web Link
Thank you, Kim, for having the courage to stand for something of value. Too bad that the Gunn principal didn't display such guts. Now she is doing duty in Siberia (aka Adult Ed School).
WIKIPEDIA has this to say about streaking:
Streaking seems to have been well-established on some college campuses by the mid-1960s. The magazine of Carleton College described the phenomenon in negative terms associating it with rock culture, drinking and destruction. At that time, streaking was a tradition on the Minnesota campus during January and February when temperatures hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit.
In 1973, what the press called a "streaking epidemic" hit Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, with streakers being seen in residence halls, at football games and at various other on-campus locations and events, including Spring graduation. The trend continued until spring 1974, when Ralph W. Steen, University president, hoping to end the streaking fad, designated a day to streak the length of East College Street, a tradition that - with a few breaks - has continued to this day. The "epidemic" was covered by all of the major media outlets and became the first time streaking received concentrated national press coverage, including an article in Paris Match covering the phenomenon.
Time magazine, in December 1973, called streaking "a growing Los Angeles-area fad" that was "catching on among college students and other groups." A letter writer responded, "Let it be known that streakers have plagued the campus police at Notre Dame for the past decade", pointing out that a group of University of Notre Dame students sponsored a "Streakers' Olympics" in 1972. There was also a streaker at the real Olympics in Montreal, Canada, in 1976.
I am not sure about this, but I think "streaking" first became a big thing in 1973-1974 - which was also the year that Ray Stevens released the song called "The Streak". At that graduation ceremony, the year they tore down the old Paly buildings some of the seniors, I think, became the first streakers. I guess some teachers say earlier - which indicates it was probably not very frequent. I thought it was stupid as did most other people, but I doubt anyone had any idea there would be over 100 streakers at any point. Stupid.
Thank you for reminding me of the Ray Stevens song. I have happy memories of teenage discos as soon as I read it. Web Link Reliving my youth now. Don't look Ethel, too late. She'd already looked.
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.
Draeger’s Los Altos eyes upgrades, expansion
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 2,809 views
Housing is for People
By Steve Levy | 18 comments | 1,782 views
College Visit: Lehigh and Lafayette
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 4 comments | 1,256 views
A quiet moment
By Sally Torbey | 8 comments | 540 views
Is Coffee a Date?
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 533 views
Home & Real Estate
Shop Palo Alto
Send News Tips
Circulation & Delivery
Mountain View Voice
© 2015 Palo Alto Online
All rights reserved.