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Parents, school officials, exchange tense words
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on Feb 14, 2011
Frustrated parents interrupted school district officials Sunday evening in a sometimes tense discussion of the emotional well-being of Palo Alto students. Sunday's gathering, titled "Stand Up For Our Youth," was organized by 11 local religious congregations and by Peninsula Interfaith Action, a coalition of 30 congregations
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posted Monday, February 14, 2011, 9:00 AM
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Posted by Mom of 2 still in our schools, one graduated
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Feb 18, 2011 at 5:21 am
Dear Student just above this post: You are spot on....thank your parents for teaching you the value of YOU, not in context of what the culture is here, but in context of you being a unique and special individual who will figure out your own place in this world.
Having a child who is now at university graduate from Gunn, and hearing how anyone not in the "high lanes" and getting all As was "stupid", and having another who will be veeeery fortunate to graduate at the "lowest" level..all in the same school...well, it is tough, this is certain.
Not sure how much was always this way. I have a half-century behind me, and there were always the "Kotter's kids" in my high school. On the one hand it was worse for them than now in that there was very little to no support for them in the high schools. On the other hand, there was a lot more in the way of successful, societally acceptable avenues for moving forward through vocational education. Not everyone is made for college, nor should everyone aim for it.
As I told my first one, never undervalue the need for good auto mechanics, plumbers, various carpentry and construction trades from buildings to roads, electricians, farm trades, ranch trades, truckers, train engineers, store owners, tech builders of computers, weavers, seamstresses/tailors...what mathmetician or history major can build a shack to live in, grow enough food to live on, hunt the meat he must eat, weave and sew his own clothes, or make a pencil to write with? Who can build the computer we are all posting with, the coffee maker we use to drink our coffee or plumb the gas lines for the stove?
We have to remember the value of each working together.
It isn't all about the teachers, or the schools, or the parents, or even the "faith communities", though they all help, of course.
It is about each child growing in the knowledge that each of us has a purpose that is valuable, and that we each need to find and grow into.
We can't all be physicists! If we were, we would starve and die of the elements.
For me and my family, this is deeply embedded in my Faith, that each of us are needed and contribute, and aren't judged by our relation to others, our grades or which college, if any, we go to once we graduate high school.
Suggestion to help our kids that our schools CAN do...
1) "lanes" for the non-college bound so that these kids have a chance to find a non-college trade to pursue before we lose them, something to "connect" them to our real world.
2) a real rest between semesters of at least one week, where kids can re-charge their batteries. This would help the exhausted overachievers.
3) consistent, weekly internet postings by teachers of what each student has handed in and what the test scores are for parents to see to try to "catch" their kids when they begin to show signs of struggling. So often, we don't see it until it is too late or nearly too late to get a kid the help he needs. The parents are the first line of defense. We can't expect teachers with hundreds of students to notice that an all A student has stopped handing in his homework or is suddenly failing tests.
Just my thoughts.