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School board to consider renaming resolution

Group asks for acknowledgment of 'hostility' stemming from school names debate

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In the wake of divisive debate over a proposal to rename a Palo Alto middle school after a Japanese-American alumnus who shared a last name with an unrelated Japanese admiral, the school board will discuss this week a resolution affirming its commitment to combating racism in the district's schools.

A group of current and past district parents -- Michelle Higgins, Rika Yamamoto, Eimi Okano (also one of the founders of nonprofit Asian Americans for Community Involvement), Satomi Okazaki and Kim Shimazaki -- proposed a resolution to the school board in April and requested it be placed on the board's agenda for discussion. Steven Lee, who serves on the city's Human Relations Commission, has also been involved in the effort.

The resolution was signed by more than 150 supporters, including representatives from local and national civil-rights organizations. In a statement at the April 24 board meeting, the parents described a community "left with discord rather than harmony" and urged the board to not be "bystanders rather than upstanders in the face of behavior and attitudes that we would not tolerate if they occurred on our school campuses."

"The tone of our discourse must be elevated to a more constructive and civil discussion," the statement reads. "We ask that the board not remain silent, and call on our greater PAUSD community to actively embrace and model the American values of tolerance, compassion, empathy and inclusion."

The board voted unanimously in March to rename Jordan and Terman middle schools, the former after African-American technologist Frank Greene, Jr. and the latter after Ellen Fletcher, a Holocaust survivor and former city councilwoman. A groundswell of community support for naming one of the schools after Palo Alto High School graduate Fred Yamamoto, who was held at a Japanese internment camp and died in battle during World War II, was met with intense opposition by members of Palo Alto's Chinese community. They said they associated the surname with Isoroku Yamamoto, who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and to whom local parents attribute WWII war crimes against the Chinese.

The debate quickly became heated, with allegations of racism and marginalization lodged by each side.

The resolution "notes with concern" that some families in Palo Alto with the surname Yamamoto, including one of the co-authors, experienced "hostility and fears" and Japanese families, "alienation," after the renaming process.

"Conflating the American name Fred Yamamoto with the name of an unrelated Japanese Imperial admiral is the kind of thinking that led to the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and serves as a cautionary tale to everyone in our multi-cultural community," the resolution states.

The resolution also commends Fred Yamamoto's "brave sacrifice" during World War II and states that his is "an American name deserving of respect and admiration."

The resolution asks the board to form a representative, standing district committee "whose mission will be to promote and foster values and attitudes necessary for our multicultural community to thrive in accordance with democratic values."

The group would organize forums and evaluate district policies, practices and programs "as they relate to issues around human rights, diversity and inclusion and recommend changes as necessary." The committee would work with other relevant community organizations, including nonprofit Asian Americans for Community Involvement, the Japanese American Citizens League and the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission.

Higgins wrote in an email that "this is not simply a Japanese-American issue, but a matter that should be of grave concern to all in our community who believe that nobody should be treated in any way as 'less than' because of their name, skin color or family heritage."

The effort to rename the two middle schools was sparked in 2015 by the discovery that their namesakes, David Starr Jordan and Lewis Terman, were leaders in the eugenics movement.

Following the school board vote this spring, community members and Yamamoto's family launched a scholarship fund in Fred Yamamoto's honor and awarded funds this month to graduating Paly senior Ricardo Lombera, president of the school's Latinos Unidos club and the first in his family to attend college. The group also planned to explore the possibility of naming a place in Palo Alto, such as a park or building, after Fred Yamamoto.

In other business Tuesday, the board will take action on two election-related proposals: one to place a bond measure on the November ballot and a separate ballot measure that would impose term limits on school board members.

The board will also discuss the implementation of new social-emotional learning curriculum; the district’s proposed 2018-19 budget; the district’s 2018 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP); salary increases for the district's management group; and initial negotiating proposals with the teachers union, among other items.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto. View the agenda here.


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24 people like this
Posted by parent
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jun 4, 2018 at 3:42 pm

The whole issue could have been avoided with better parent outreach earlier in the process. We also need to look at how the school board is chosen if they were so blind to these issues ahead of time.

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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 4, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Get real: How many people living today have heard of Admiral Yamamoto?

4 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2018 at 4:46 pm

To reduce racism in our schools then we need to get rid of all the labels. These are on forms for registration to the clubs. We have people in our schools, we have students grouping together for all sorts of reasons, but allowing those differences become official can only make the divisions more apparent.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 4, 2018 at 4:48 pm

"We also need to look at how the school board is chosen if they were so blind..."

They are chosen by election of the voters in November. Two seats are coming up this fall - plenty of time for anyone to throw their hat in the ring. Throw these bums out; bring in some new ones!

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Posted by Former Jordan student
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 4, 2018 at 5:25 pm

When I read the headline I thought the school board had come to their senses and decided NOT to rename the schools. Wishful thinking.

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Posted by infrastructure is already there
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2018 at 5:37 pm

I don't mean to be disrespectful here because I also abhor racism but what would this new PAUSD Standing Committee add that isn't already in place?

If this is about teaching parents right from wrong, which its focus on the renaming fiasco certainly suggests, then work with the City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission and the PTA Council. Addressing racism is an important part of what they do. The Weekly reports that Steven Lee supports this; he is a member of Palo Alto's HRC already. Also supporting this is Michelle Higgins who is already tapped in too; her name shows up as PTA Council's Vice President leading its Community Outreach.

HRC: Web Link ("charged with the discretion to act with respect to any human relations matter when the Commission finds that any person or group does not benefit fully from public or private opportunities or resources in the community, or is unfairly or differently treated due to factors of concern to the Commission")

PTAC: Web Link ("The PTAC Collaborative Committees to build community partnerships, with an overarching goal of inclusion for all. We achieve our mission by ... Creating a channel of communication that encourages interaction, as well as highlights best practices. Advocating for our goals before the relevant PAUSD and school board committees.")

If this is about teaching tolerance to students too, our schools have social emotional learning coming their way which has acceptance, not racism, in the curriculum already. Anyone can offer to coordinate and bring an assembly or program on their own or in partnership with HRC and PTAC. PAUSD standing committee membership is not required.

If this is about revising board policies and district practices, private meetings and emails with staff can be used and anyone can make policy suggestions at the School Board's Policy Review Committee meetings.

BPRC: Web Link ("BPRC has been established as a Board of Education committee to assist the Board in its thinking about District policies")

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Posted by #BoardSoWhite
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 4, 2018 at 6:06 pm

"They are chosen by election of the voters in November. Two seats are coming up this fall - plenty of time for anyone to throw their hat in the ring. Throw these bums out; bring in some new ones!"

By excluding Fred Terman from the discussion on the grounds that "last names matter", the board setup the whole discordant debate.

"Can we truly make a break with the name Lewis Terman if we retain Frederick? I think the answer to that is 'no,'" said Board Vice President Ken Dauber. "

They, quite literally, reaped what they sowed and lost the moral high-ground.

This board can't continue as it has done. We definitely need new board members this November that better reflect the community values.

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Posted by district teacher
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 4, 2018 at 6:12 pm

Agreed, there are already things in place but the truth of the matter is that the negativity and racially-charged comments and attitudes come from home (and the current political climate). I saw this play out in my classroom with students openly and freely saying denigrating things about Japanese people, no doubt parroting things they heard at home. I, of course, attempted to stop this and encourage discussion with students but a few students fired right back at me. Honestly, I backed down with public discussion because of the culture of fear that has emerged from this and all I needed was my name in the Palo Alto online blog. I think other kids were kind of shocked by how outspoken (and obnoxious) some of the students were.

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 4, 2018 at 6:41 pm

The Board and the parents forcing the school renaming process refused to consider other notable people like Barbara Jordan, a civil rights leader, or Fred Terman, arguably the godfather to Silicon Valley; so this resolution just shows what hypocrites the Board is.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 4, 2018 at 7:39 pm

Culture of fear? Afraid of what?

What did kids say to denigrate the Japanese?

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Posted by Teacher
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 4, 2018 at 7:56 pm

@District Teacher:
I am also a district teacher.I also have had students denigrate Japanese students that are in my classroom. I didn't "back off". I didn't tolerate any kind of overt or subtle racial discrimination in my classroom. You should do the same. 1

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Posted by parent & educator
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2018 at 6:33 am

District Teacher,

You say the problem starts at home. It very well may.

But neither PAUSD nor any committee it puts together has a "for sure" way to "teach" or "discipline" parents for biased parenting practices at home.

The best schools can do is teach students right from wrong.

For parents, they can send reminders and host programs and hope that the parents who need the advice will read and attend. But parent ed events are not well-attended and most of the parents who show up are already "believers" in the messages being delivered.

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Posted by Terman- ator
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jun 5, 2018 at 7:03 am

Ah .....the renaming issue, the gift that keeps on giving. I urged the board not to compound their first mistake of changing school names by renaming them after a person. Anyone could see that not everyone would be happy whomever they picked resulting in further unnecessary divisiveness in our community.

It's unfortunate Yamamoto had the same last name as WWII Admiral but let's be honest would we ever consider naming a school Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini however angelic the person was. I blame the renaming committee for not properly vetting and also for not avoiding this all together by naming the schools after a tree, shrub or mountain range.

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Posted by parent & educator
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2018 at 7:30 am

What works are Task Forces focused on gathering research and limited in duration and focus like the Minority Task Force. It had enough meetings to create a framework which it handed off to the professionals who work on the programs, policies, and implementation.

But the PAUSD committees where community volunteers tell students how they should behave and professionals what they should do in their classrooms get highly politicized fast and, in the end, lose their audience or have their work tossed.

The EMAC was doing fine until committee members decided to tell principals how to structure their schools and directed teachers how to run their classrooms. It was thanked for its work and its recommendation tossed.

The RISE task force, which addresses the important issue of sexual assault, has taken a year full to come up with a mission statement and bring in Jackson Katz whose controversial, blunt, off-putting "blame boys and manhood" message for society's ills overshadowed the important, empowering lessons we wanted our kids to learn and, in turn, significantly reduced the expectations of what impact RISE will have even among its most ardent supporters.
Web Link

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Posted by problem solved
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 5, 2018 at 7:47 am

No need to reinvent the wheel.

Call Starbucks for the anti-bias training materials it got from the NAACP and Demos last week and use them in PAUSD's next student assembly and teacher training session.

Web Link

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Posted by rsmithjr
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 5, 2018 at 7:58 am

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The PAUSD board abandoned the high ground last year by its blanket rejection of anyone named Terman or Jordan, which was of course done to have an excuse to dump Fred Terman. Over twenty people speaking against Fred Yamamoto this year referred to this as a precedent.

The board needs to address the discrimination based on family names and disown their previous actions before we can make any progress here.

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Posted by #BoardSoWhite
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 5, 2018 at 8:12 am

Not to forget that the board ignored diversity policy while renaming schools by ignoring their own rules that state:

“The membership of citizen advisory committees should reflect the diversity of the community and repre- sent a diversity of viewpoints.” Web Link

It seems unbelievable that Palo Alto Unified School District in the days of Trump has an all white board that approves an advisory committee that contains no members of Chinese or Latin descent thereby having no representatives for over 50% of the Palo Alto population in direct conflict with their own diversity policy.

No one on the board stood up against this and compounded the situation by opening the box with their position on last names.

What more do you need to get rid of the incumbents?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2018 at 8:55 am

Unless there are people from different ethnic backgrounds willing to be on Boards or Planning Committees, we are going to be stuck with choosing between who are willing.

The question follows as to whether people of different ethnic backgrounds are willing to do this.

We have had a couple of Asian American people on school board. We have also had at least one non-election for school board because nobody was willing to stand.

Perhaps those who feel that we should have better ethnic diversity should do some promotions among those other ethnicities to find some willing candidates to give up their time and energy to run.

We can't have more diversity unless we have a diverse group of candidates.

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Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 5, 2018 at 9:43 am

The idea that the district worked hard to find diverse candidates is a joke. Typical McGee - rushed the process, putting the committee together after school ended and many families out of town. Could have added people later but eh, why bother (didn't even have time to read labor contracts!). Caswell later blaming the Chinese community for not volunteering was a low point even for her.

I agree - a first gen Board member would be terrific, a step toward real representation. Of course, many of the "diversity" advocates might not like the way she or he thinks and votes - diversity of ideas is a lot more challenging than just different skin colors and genders.

4 people like this
Posted by Paly parent
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 5, 2018 at 10:02 am

@ BoardSoWhite

I agree with you about adding an Asian-American to the board and I also thought the whole renaming was an unnecessary distraction with everything else going on. Dauber was the only board member who voted to make the committee more diverse because it had no Chinese people on it, and he also was the only board member to vote for Fred Yamamoto. I didn't agree with him on renaming but I thought he was right about naming it after Fred after all of the attacks.

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 5, 2018 at 11:23 am

I still prefer renaming one of the schools after Winston Smith. This way, no matter which way the winds of political correctness blow, the School Board can proudly say that Palo Alto schools have always been at war with wrongthink.

18 people like this
Posted by Chip
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 5, 2018 at 11:46 am

This is ridiculous. After months of increasingly polarizing arguments, it was finally decided what the school names would be. Now you want to start it up all over again??

I said before - they should have either kept the same names, surnames only, or named them after locations or the street they're on. As long as people keep trying to"honor" a deceased individual, there will be conflict. There's too much conflict already. & this isn't helping. Get a spine & stick with the painfully reached decisions which took too many hundreds of cumulative hours to arrive at. Now stop this & move along.

All you folks who rant about lack of racial diversity on the school board need to either step up & run for the job or shut up & let those who will serve do the work..

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Posted by Carl Jones
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 5, 2018 at 11:55 am

Carl Jones is a registered user.

@infrastructure is already there

@Terman- ator
Absolutely correct! If "not (Fred) Terman", then why "not (Fred) Yamamoto"?
Names matter, so don't use names of persons.

Again correct. Once Fred Terman was rejected, then anyone with a "bad last name" is grounds for objection/rejection. Would not Jews reject a school named for any Hitler? Might many Russians and others reject a school named for any Stalin? Why then cannot Chinese reject a school named for any Yamamoto?

Note that schools named after persons are 99% of the time called and known by the last name only. How often to you hear Stanford referred to by its full legal name: Leland Stanford Junior University??? (see this link: Web Link)


Unfortunately our human societies/cultures have not matured enough to allow us to get beyond this issue - the small percent of differences (color, race, sex, language, physical characteristics, ..., even names) that divide us as opposed to the overwhelming percent of our miraculous bodies and our lives, loves, and experiences that make us all the same human beings. Someday, maybe.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm

So much energy on a pointless issue. Renaming schools when there are real issues in the schools and in the city.
This is an escape from the real problems we face. I think these people don't want to face reality, they would rather argue about nonsense.

My team is better than your team. Grow up!

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Posted by stanhutchings
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 5, 2018 at 1:40 pm

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You didn't listen when I advised you to under no circumstances rename schools after people. Now you are hoist on your own petard. Fools never learn, sadly for PAUSD and Palo Alto.

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Posted by Raises and Legal Budget
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Jun 5, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Raises and Legal Budget is a registered user.

The Board is also voting to give managers a raise but waive the 2 meeting rule. Were these the raises cancelled due to budget deficit? Even an entry level Direct of Special Education will revive a $5k a year raise. Some managers will receive $9k raises. Are the teachers also receiving the same raise? Why waive the 2 meeting rule and why do this so late in the school year after school has ended and families are not here to comment?

Board is also voting to increase the legal budget to close to $2 million and to extend attorney firm contracts. Although it says community input in law firm performance was considered, where is the documentation? Last time, these firms were hired quietly, with no public input or information during the process. The only proof they did a good job was reading out an average score on administrator’s opinions. No documentation of this was provided, ether. In the past staff were too chummy to the attorney’s who protected them. Why do legal firm contracts always have to be voted on after school is out when families are gone and cannot provide input?

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Posted by #BoardSoWhite
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 5, 2018 at 4:01 pm

"Unless there are people from different ethnic backgrounds willing to be on Boards or Planning Committees, we are going to be stuck with choosing between who are willing. The question follows as to whether people of different ethnic backgrounds are willing to do this."

Yes; a very convenient argument. Let's the board totally off the hook.

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Posted by Barry
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jun 5, 2018 at 4:44 pm

Renaming these schools seems crazy. Without the influence of Jordan and Terman, it's not clear Silicon Valley would even exist today. Like virtually all major figures (e.g. Martin Luther King, most every president), they had failings. And the more public and prominent such individuals are, the more likely we will learn about their failings.
So to rename the schools after two wonderful, but very minor, people who had very little impact in creating our legacy seems misguided and beholden to PC. We deserve much better,

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Posted by Terman- ator
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jun 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm

The more I think about this renaming issue the more angry I get. Wasted time, wasted money. I want my school board focussed on how we improve our kids education and getting to the basics of the the three R's. Leave the social discussions to me as a parent, thank you.

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Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2018 at 5:44 pm

Yamamoto is a very common family name in Japan, just like Smith, Miller, Rodriguez, Chang, Park, etc. are in other parts of this world.

Moreover, the infamous Admiral Yamamoto from WWII wasn't even born with that name. He was an adopted kid.

That said, I still think PAUSD should just use geographic locations rather than names. Or even better, just use numbers, like P.S. 1.

PAUSD could adopt a Silicon Valley-like numerical scheme with the first number being the school level, the second one being the actual school (1 = elementary, 2 = middle, 3 = high school). That would change Paly to P.S. 3.1 and Gunn would become P.S. 3.2.

What a wonderful tribute to Silicon Valley this would be!

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Posted by JordanGrad
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Jun 5, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Oh my gosh. Still, please, if you insist on renaming the schools, then absolutely do not name them after people. This is exactly what happens. North Middle School, South Middle School, and West Middle School. (We can then debate definitions of cardinal directions on the Peninsula versus on a compass, as Terman is further south than JLS. Those growing up in Palo Alto usually navigate along 101/Middlefield/Alma/El Camino as the defining north-south axis, though.)

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Posted by Father of two
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 5, 2018 at 10:52 pm

The board is looking for trouble.

Diversity? Look at their own skin color.
Fair? Excluded Jordan and Terman up front.


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Posted by Chip
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 6, 2018 at 12:26 am

@ Board so white-

What's your point? The board members are elected. Where are the non-white candidates willing to run? Candidates have to initiate action in order to run. Step up or step down from your critical position.
Nobody will look at you & say "oh what a lovely________ person. Let's choose him/her to be on the school board. "

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 6, 2018 at 7:08 am

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One, I think stronger consideration should’ve been given Akira Tana as the new name sake for Turman because he went to Gunn. Two, because I work in jazz that’s how I know Tana I want to bring Erie Yamamoto to perform in benefit of this topic. Three, we should have a 7 acre park where fries used to be a name that Yamamoto four, Somebody should run for public office on this

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Posted by Curious
a resident of another community
on Jun 6, 2018 at 7:19 am

Just wondering why a name like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, or maybe Jefferson Davis wasn't chosen. All great Americans. And all slave-holders.

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Posted by kids
a resident of another community
on Jun 6, 2018 at 8:18 am

kids is a registered user.

@district teacher.

Your comment that "it starts at home" lets every parent know you think you are separate and when there is any conflict, you will turn your back to kids and blame parents. You seem to think kids are to be involved in controversial subjects during class instructional time they really need. You are there to serve families and teach subject matter, not take sides or use children as pawns in controversial subjects during your class time. I would say that if a sci teacher is wasting time discussing her own opinions about the stupid naming process instead of giving them the info they need to succeed in sci, that might by why the kids are "obnoxious" I am sure they are tired of the nonsense. One assembly with announcements is all these kids want to hear. I realize many teachers are not like you and I hope you realize you are not a spokesperson for them.

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Posted by Chip
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 6, 2018 at 11:04 am

@ kids-
To be fair, "district teacher" doesn't say that the derogatory remarks by the kids were about a particular person or the nationality in general. I think he/she was quite right to address the prejudice expressed. Ignoring it is condoning it. The kids probably didn't pick up their hostile views about another nationality on the playground or at church so home does seem a possibility.

I don't know what grade he/she teaches, but sometimes it is necessary for a teacher to digress from the planned lesson in order to address inappropriate comments coming from kids. Maybe there was a Japanese child in the room? If so, that constitutes bullying & every teacher absolutely must control that. You'd be surprised what comes up in openly in class that teachers unfortunately can't ignore. This teacher may be quite new - speculating from the concern about being named on a blog.

Believe me, they'd rather just stick to the curriculum & not have to address any of the chatter that comes up about what goes on at home about family life, parental use of drugs or excess drinking, and even inappropriate behavior by a step-parent or another family member or friend. Sadly, life isn't as simple as you appear to wish it were. The kids talk openly before class, returning from recess, etc.

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Posted by #BoardSoWhite
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 6, 2018 at 3:01 pm


That you even have to ask is right at the core of the issue.

You might want to wonder why an all white board chose a group that was meant to represent community views but had no members of Chinese or Latin descent and this didn't cause any of the board members to say "wait a minute" and insist that the group adheres to the boards own diversity policy.

You might even want to look further than the board and start considering the general lack of involvement. Possibly look into the make up to the PTAs. And wonder why it doesn't represent the make up of the community.

On the other hand, you might just want to say: "Anyone can run, no one's stopping you" and therefore conclude that we don't have a problem.

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Posted by Tyler L. Sean
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jun 6, 2018 at 4:03 pm

The real racism here is the action of calling people who disagree with you racists.

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Posted by Chip
a resident of Professorville
on Jun 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm

@ #Board so white-

I'm not sure I understand which group you're referring to as being racist. PTA is an easily penetrable group. Every kid gets a registration envelope & info is sent to parents encouraging them to join. It's hard NOT to join. What do you suggest if parents don't attend back-to school- nights & don't want to join the PTA? Where's this mysterious, ethnically diverse pool of adults who somehow aren't "allowed" to participate?
Didn't people who wanted to participate sign up? I don't think the board was able to select from those who hadn't already indicated willingness to be involved. If no Latinos or Chinese or Indians or Japanese or Africans or South Sea Islanders or Inuits volunteered, was the board supposed to coerce participation?

How do you think the group should have been selected? It's hard to mandate or compel service in a non-military society.

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Posted by A Paly Mom
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 7, 2018 at 7:08 am

@ Chip,

I don't think you understand how a committee is supposed to be established. Board policy indicates clearly that it is the Superintendent's responsibility to recruit members and form a advisory committee and that committee members should reflect the composition of the community. That means, the superintendent DOES need to spend effort to recruit members from diverse backgrounds to represent the PA community. He/she cannot just choose from whoever applied.

Also, there was Asian American community members who applied to the renaming committee, but Dr. McGee did not choose any of them into the committee. In the previous board meeting that decided the new school names, Board member Casewell was confused about no Asian Americans applied to the renaming committee, but Board member Collins corrected her and stated that there was.

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Posted by #BoardSoWhite
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 7, 2018 at 8:26 am


I think you're just trolling now.

Did you even watch/read the latest board meeting:

"Racism here is like the ocean," she said. "We live in it."

Even in the words from two of the November (white) board candidates when a group of asian parents try to tell them how they felt and instead of trying to understand, they attacked:

"Some language in the parents' resolution could be considered "inflammatory," [Kathy Jordan] said, ... It was an assertion board President Ken Dauber later echoed"

And you still don't believe there is a problem...

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Posted by @OL
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 7, 2018 at 10:23 am

@Online Name,

I am sorry, I did not see your censored comment.

I did post a few censored comments of yours (before being censored)
on the page I dedicated on my blog to the ongoing censoring. I copy and then post comments before and after they are censored (only a tiny sampling) here:
Web Link (or search for: village fool palo alto before and after).

BTW, You are in good company! Here's sampling of censored quotes. I titled this blog post:
What do Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, George Orwell, Miguel De Cervantes, and Shakespeare have in common? All were censored by the PA online.
Link: Web Link (or search for: village fool palo alto twain Shaw Orwell have in common)

I hope you will see this comment, it will vanish soon.

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