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Hope for Palo Alto's High-Schoolers

Uploaded: Aug 1, 2015
A group called Save the 2008, started by a Palo Alto High School teacher and a student is designed to help prevent any further suicides among local teens. Here is more about it:

"Save the 2,008 is a toolkit of six measures?simple adjustments to the way the school is run? that would reduce the stress and depression, alienation and distrust, overwork and overcrowding that fill our teenagers' daily lives.

Named last November for the remaining number of students and faculty at our most hard-hit school, Save the 2,008 would:

1. Shrink classes to a friendlier size?strengthening ties between students and their classmates and teachers.

2. Moderate the amounts of nightly homework (through a confidential, student-teacher website).

3. Foster better consultation for AP course loads (to help fight sleep-deprivation).

4. Step between our kids and the school day siren song of their cellphones.

5. Slow the steady bombardment of grade-reporting.

6. Close out the climate of rampant cheating?the anxious atmosphere that kids must breathe, just to run the race of high school."

They are seeking your support, but both financially and with signatures. They are currently raising funds to run an ad in The Palo Alto Weekly. For more information, or to donate:

http://www.gofundme.com/g8a22a62ak2a
Democracy.
What is it worth to you?

Comments

Posted by parent, a resident of Downtown North,
on Aug 1, 2015 at 12:46 pm

How much money will shrinking class sizes cost? I think everyone agrees that small class sizes provide a better environment for most students, but do we have enough classrooms and teachers to do this anytime soon?


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