The lead sentence in the "green" education article on page 3 of the March 7 Weekly Web Link incorrectly presents the "classic conflict" as between "nature and public safety," which it is not.
It is between nature and money.
As the article makes clear, the reason the school district destroyed the hillside was to save money. It was less expensive than maintaining safety by mowing.
So what lesson did the kids learn? That money talks louder than nature and that the affluent community of Palo Alto, no matter what it preaches, doesn't choose to spend its money on keeping its irreplaceable natural environment healthy.
What a sad situation.