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A challenge to Gunn

Original post made by val blanchette, Greenmeadow, on Jun 8, 2009

A challenge to Gunn

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Posted by Gunn Parent
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jun 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Excuse me, but I think you forgot to include a challenge to the PARENTS of the students.

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Posted by also concerned
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jun 8, 2009 at 11:43 pm

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Posted by another parent, a member of the Gunn High School community, 0 minutes ago


You make some good points -- especially about that "they will be begging for the sort of adult we send out into the world." but i dont think this has anything to do with Gunn High School, per se. The school only teaches and follows the curriculum set up by the school board, which is made up of community members. We have lived in 4 different communities across the nation over the years, kids have gone to both private and public schools, and I have YET to meet a more dedicated, committed and overall exemplary group of teachers and administrators. and most imortantly, my kids would concure!

Perhaps these recent, horrible tragedies will open up a true dialoge about education at Gunn and how it can evolve to meet the needs of our changing world.Imagine being a graduate of college, trying to get a job now. As the world becomes increasingly global, natural competition will emerge from more places -- and opportunities will arise where there never were before. The education of our children needs to evolve to meet the needs of today's society and of tommorrow's reality.

I'd love to hear what the Gunn teachers think of this --- pass/fail, out of the box instruction and classes. I imagine they'd embrace this idea. lets unleash both the kids AND the teachers, get the PARENTS on board. open it up to as many interested students and teachers there are. Bet the numbers would be much higher then any predictions. You could start this as an optional track. Maintaining the high level of advanced instruction Gunn is well known for but teaching it in a more engaging, creative and collaborative way. A few very progressive schools in SF are structured this way. The kids get an end of year GPA report, bc colleges still require GPA, but are not told the specifics of what earned them which marks, they are only told pass/fail. They do not get any letter grades until Senior year. The list of college acceptances is impressive in its depth, breadth and quality -- rivals - and surpasses- ANY on the peninsula.(including PAUSD).

Whatever the outcome, opening up the conversation is key - as is doing more then just talking will be also.

Thanks --perhaps if we ALL try to smile more, give the benefit of the doubt more freely, truly treat our neighbors as we would like to be treated ourselves....imagine giving our kids such a wonderful place to be.

keep at it Val, good luck to all of us and prayers to the families of Sonya and JP.

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Posted by mother of tuu
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 9, 2009 at 4:30 pm

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We have such a program for middle school students. It's called Connections and is at JLS (but open to all Palo Alto students). I sincerely hope the program continues to thrive now, after the death of Stephen Carothers who was a founding teacher. My son had an excellent middle school experience due to the Connections program.

It would be fabulous to have this type of project-oriented program for high school students!

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