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Students ask: What's it like to be me?

Original post made on Mar 27, 2015

The hallways, courtyard and rooms of the Palo Alto Art Center were given over last Friday evening to poignant, uninhibited expression and exploration of youth identity: a ceramic bust with empty eyes titled "Look Deeper," an oil painting of a girl with three dark stitches over her mouth, a photograph of a boy sleeping, using an SAT prep book as a pillow.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Difficult Truths
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 27, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Thank you for this story with its powerful descriptions. I have seen this exhibit and was deeply affected by it. Many of the student works of art express painful emotions regarding school, academics, social lives and more. These creations are beautiful in their boldly honest portrayals, but also disturbing, sad and heartbreaking in some instances.

Anyone interested in learning more about the perspectives of youth in our community should stop by the Art Center (corner of Embarcadero and Newell, next to the library) and take a look at this exhibit while it is still on display (until April 15). It's an eye-opener. These brave, young artists are telling us something important. It behooves us to pay attention to their messages, and allow what they say to inform our actions.

Posted by Marc Vincenti
a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 28, 2015 at 9:15 pm

You're invited to sign:


It concerns the well-being of our teenagers, and will occupy a full page in next Friday's "Weekly."

To read it and decide whether you'd like to sign, visit:

The window to sign closes at noon, the day after tomorrow.

Posted by Winnie the Pooh-pooh
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

As a former paly parent, school has been blown out of proportion in our children's everyday lives As I spoke with my daughter-who says she is so much happier in the college set up because the TEACHERS are awesome-they treat you with respect and are ready to listen to you. At Paly-half of the teachers are just doing their jobs-its not the grade you get-its how those grades are given to you. To judge a paper and write two comments and then give a C and to tell a teen that come back to me if you have any questions-how many actually go back?? on the other hand the college gives the young 18+ the responsibility but is NOT punitive. She states the professor tells them repetitively that I have full trust in you -just make sure you turn it in and come to talk to me before the writing or share your draft with me and lets get a better draft - I am in with you , my student -not after you.
Wake up TEACHERS!!

Change the grading system-teach them-reward a B/B+/A- and a A , not A=4;B=3 C=2 and D=1..

Posted by curious
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Winnie the Pooh-pooh,
I also value meaningful feedback. However, I also know that it depends upon which school a student attends in college and the workload of the teacher or professor. If a professor teaches one or two courses a week with 30 students in each, that's 60 students a few times a week at most. Professors teaching in big lecture halls generally have TAs and may or may not actually grade the work of their students. High school teachers, otoh, have anywhere from 150 student to 200 students that they see on a daily basis. It doesn't matter if it's a math teacher or an English teacher. Imagine trying to grade 180 different work products, provide meaningful feedback and get them returned within a reasonable time. That's just for one day out of the week.

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