Original post made by aman on Jun 18, 2007
It may not be obvious but the stress to compete academically has been ratcheting sky high over the last few years - putting some of our Paly Kids under tremendous stresses. Some of this is self inflicted by groups who do everything for an A but not alot for the community at large.
on Jun 19, 2007 at 9:08 am
I sympathize with what you're saying, but the reality is that you can't have it both ways: PA has a great school district that attracts families who emphasize academics. That means kids will be academically-oriented and that competition will be at a higher level than in other school districts.
I'm not exactly sure where you're going with your allusion to these "groups" who strive for A's but don't get involved in the community. Just remember how the WASP establishment at Ivy League schools used to gripe about how Jewish classmates studied too hard. They put ceilings on Jewish enrollment in the name of preserving the "character" of their campuses. On the other hand, many denigrate some minority groups for supposedly being lazy and not achieving enough academically.
So it can be "damned if you do, damned if you don't" for non-white people in this country: you're criticized for doing too well academically or criticized for not doing well enough. Be careful that your griping about certain "groups" doesn't veer into simple-minded prejudice.
on Jun 19, 2007 at 11:25 am
I want Palo Alto schools to excel. I want Palo Alto industry to excel. If the right slope of the curve accomplishes that, so be it.
on Jun 25, 2007 at 7:31 am
Well, it's good kids learn to deal with stress young because it will prepare them for real life after school.
Most High Schools in other countries spend more time in school per day, at least an 8 period day, plus 2 hours of homework. The kids in other countries go to school for more days per year. In some countries it's as much as 218 days per year.
Since high school kids in California have a shorter academic day and fewer days per year in school; if they can't deal with that, they will never compete in an ever expanding global economy.