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Nurturing civility in daily life

Elementary school students claim their 'core values' by painting them

by Chris Kenrick

Protected by a plastic trash-bag smock and a painter's hat, fifth-grader Phoebe James confidently wielded her paintbrush this week to outline a flower on a wall at her school.

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Posted by Ray Bacchetti
a resident of University South
on Nov 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

What a great project--exemplary of a school system willing to acknowledge the significance of core values and of social and emotional learning as vital complements to academic achievement. Indeed, without them, academic learning can be rudderless.A2


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Posted by Former WH parent
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Nov 15, 2010 at 10:42 am

Great job, Mary and WH parents and staff! This sort of thing needs to be carried into the middle schools where bullying intensifies.


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Posted by Jane
a resident of University South
on Nov 15, 2010 at 11:10 am

Wonderful story; wonderful project


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Posted by Ohlone Alumni Parents
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Nov 15, 2010 at 11:20 am

Great job WH parents and kids! Now, the trick is that you must be willing to adhere to these core values. That is the hard part and particularly in a town like Palo Alto where many of these core values have not been addressed much. Ohlone School has always payed attention to such values and that is why I opted out of WH and Duveneck (my children's neighborhood school). That was the best decision we ever made for our children.


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Posted by Garden Gnome
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

Isn't there anything productive these children can learn during their limited hours at school (examples: reading, writing, artithmetic, science art), and shouldn't it be the parents' responsibility to teach them their "core" values?

Sad that we have to start indoctrinating these youngsters so early. I was hoping middle school was sufficiently early.


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Posted by Dee
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm

So.... Really wonderful "civics" project, not so unlike the topics we studied in school back in the day ALONG WITH the reading, writing, arithmatic, science, remember!

But, back to the article... 9 core values - menitoned a couple of times - and these would be...? (Could somebody please list what the children chose as their core values.)


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Posted by Chris Kenrick, Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Dee,

They are integrity, initiative, empathy, respect, resilience, cooperation, inclusion, responsibility and perseverance (listed in the story, though they don't necessarily pop out!)


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Compliments to Walter Hays administration for this project. Entirely appropriate and showing initiative to help youth and community. I am not familiar with the school, though it is clear this sets a positive, community-minded tone at this school. That makes for a safer school community.
Reminds me that there was a teacher at Nixon Elementary several yrs ago who got her students involved in a worthwhile charitable project featuring genuine student contributions, empathy, action (as opposed to select highhanded mommies managing/doing such a project as is often the case around here)


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