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Paly English teachers skirt BOE ruling

Original post made by TEAM parent, Midtown, on Aug 11, 2014

This year, Paly is only offering one English 9 class; all other students will take English 9A, including all of those in the TEAM program. It seems to me that the English teachers are essentially doing what they proposed–eliminating English 9 and having (essentially) all students take English 9A–despite the ruling of the Board of Education.

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Posted by palo alto resident
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 11, 2014 at 11:39 am

Classes are offered (to an extent) based on enrollment. If there is only one section of English 9, there were probably only enough students signed up to fill one section, everyone else signed up for 9A.


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Posted by Labels
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2014 at 11:51 am

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Posted by TEAM parent
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 11, 2014 at 5:49 pm

TEAM students didn't have a choice, though. Last year, all TEAM students were assigned to English 9.


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Posted by Way to Twist It!
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Aug 11, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Ha, the original poster should work for the Enquirer. The first commenter is correct - there is only one class because the rest signed up for 9A, and it has nothing to do with skirting the BoE. It's not that English 9 was not offered.


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Posted by Yupyupyup!
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Yessiree, that is one of the things we hated about The Team!


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Posted by TEAM
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 11, 2014 at 7:39 pm

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Posted by Reality check
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm

There was no "ruling" of the school board. There was a presentation, some comments, and apparently a behind the scenes directive to drop the proposal.


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Posted by ad neuseam
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm

The parents all signed up for "9A" since they were told "9" was going away "pending board approval". The board didn't give their approval but this had proposal had already been presented to the parents and there wasn't any subsequent communication correcting the teachers preemptive strike: Web Link

Apparently there was also some dumbing down of "9A". Removing reading requirements and showing films of the books in class.

This was all discussed ad neuseam here: Web Link


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Posted by labels
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2014 at 4:48 pm

ad neuseam,

"Apparently there was also some dumbing down of "9A". Removing reading requirements and showing films of the books in class."

The kids who watch movies, and the kids who read books.

It's a disservice to the kids who are allowed to watch movies (instead of reading the book) to do that to keep up with a conversation with the kids who can read the book.

I can think of ten different ways to still have the less advanced kids read, but who needs to read - movies is better.

Why get a credit for English from Paly? The independent learner option should be allowed.


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