Last Friday Paly's student newspaper, The Campanile, ran an opinion piece written by Paly senior and Campanile editor-in-chief Hillel Zand, entitled "The Cost of Being a Student at Palo Alto High School: Passion for learning at all-time low, value of applicable life skills in need of greater recognition."
Zand has some important things to say from the youth perspective about the costs to high school students of the "constant, unspoken and 'palpable' expectation of achieving academic perfection" and how that is supposed to lead to "reaching the Mecca of Palo Alto: college admission."
Zand chronicles the sheer volume of work burdening most students, resulting in loss of enthusiasm for learning, and also cheating ("the great elephant in the room" Zand calls it). Zand writes:
"I challenge you to find more than a dozen students on campus who wake up each morning excited for the material they will learn that day in all their classes. Rather, they are more likely dreading the impending note-taking and piling-up of work that will greet them."
Those in the community who haven't had a chance to read The Campanile might want to check out this article in its entirety:
Zand raises important issues of concern. The community often encourages youth to speak up. Here we have it. Take a look. Think about it. How might the issues he raises be addressed?