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High school students challenge own political beliefs through domestic exchange program

First cohort of the American Exchange Project arrives in Palo Alto to explore — and listen

by Alicia Mies

Two weeks ago, recent Castilleja graduate Divya Ganesan got to shoot at a gun range, do ranch work in a pair of cowboy boots and eat real Southern barbecue in the oil-rich Kilgore, Texas — an experience she called total cultural immersion.

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Posted by BGordon
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 23, 2021 at 3:30 pm

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It would be interesting to compare homestays in Old Palo Alto, South Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Tracy, Stockton, etc.


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2021 at 11:49 am

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This is great.

Hopefully now students (and adults alike) will better accept other political points of view from friends, neighbors, coworkers, cohorts, within Palo Alto.


It is good to listen to why someone thinks that way before condemning someone's opinion. Whether they live in a different area of the world, the country, the State or in the same town.


Posted by Lindsey Decker
a resident of Los Altos
on Jul 24, 2021 at 12:52 pm

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Posted by Scotty
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 24, 2021 at 8:33 pm

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Posted by Yoenis Montoya
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 25, 2021 at 7:23 am

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> We have conservative god fearing folks here in PA.

Conservative viewpoints aside, why fear God?

For true believers, isn't he (or she) always supposed to have your back?

And as for learning to understand the mindset of red state conservative Bible Belters, there are movies that can provide a chilling vicarious experience.

No need to actually interact with or even attempt to comprehend their 'visions'.


Posted by Betty Phillips
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 25, 2021 at 7:35 am

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"No need to actually interact with or even attempt to comprehend their 'visions'."

^ Unless you happen to find yourself stuck in Bakersfield, CA.


Posted by Purvis Allen
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jul 25, 2021 at 8:08 am

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Kevin McCarthy-R, the House Minority Leader in Congress is from Bakersfield.

That speaks volumes about the conservative right and their perspectives.


Posted by Roger Lemon
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 25, 2021 at 9:51 am

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The contemporary conservative right is entitled to their opinions but there are no underlying obligations for any reasonable person to take them seriously.

Self-righteous hypocrites are best avoided.


Posted by John B. Sails
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 25, 2021 at 11:18 am

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Buck Owens sang some pretty open-minded-sounding songs, such as "Streets of Bakersfield" and "Made In Japan."


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2021 at 11:25 am

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Great to see some of the closed minded comments here. No wonder our young people have to travel to other parts of the country to learn how to listen. As role models, the people commenting with their very closed minds and judgmental statements are exactly why young people need to get out of town to learn how to think for themselves.

Is this really the message we want to hear here? With adults like this I fear for the next generation.


Posted by Robert Montez
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jul 25, 2021 at 11:44 am

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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jul 26, 2021 at 9:30 am

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I hope the kids had fun, but in all honesty, most kids aren't thinking about politics. They're not taxpayers. For kids who do get involved at a young age, I hope they don't burn out early. Voting is so important, and too many adults don't vote.


Posted by Harmony Johnson
a resident of Atherton
on Jul 26, 2021 at 9:46 am

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It would be nice if this program also extended into Hawaii.


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