Paly Students Weigh in on School Board Candidates
Original post made by Student Advocate, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 22, 2012
Thanks to the Campanile for their in-depth analysis of the issues and candidates. I hope that PA voters take a similar look at the real issues and vote accordingly! The Paly students endorsed Ken Dauber, Melissa Baten Caswell and Heidi Emberling. They had the most praise for Dauber, and they endorsed the issues he supports to increase 'student well-being.' The students particularly mentioned Dauber's concern for implementing advisory at Gunn, limiting homework, having full usage of Schoology at all schools to help students plan their schedules, and using data to make important decisions about the schools. We can truly let our students know that they are being listened to by also supporting the candidates who support the issues they care about!
For those Online Forum readers who may have missed Paly student Brigid Godfrey's opinion piece (filed in Around Town) published on Sept. 28, I have excerpted part of it here but encourage everyone to take a look at the whole piece as I think she has something very important to say,something that may relate to the Campanile's highest rated endorsement of Ken. In Brigid's mini-bio at the bottom of her piece it says that she believes that 'teens should be more involved in their communities' and I am glad that she took the time to write about civic engagement.
From Brigid's piece:
"Guest Opinion: For young persons, knowledgeable engagement equals volcano power":
'What do you feel about having finals before the winter break? What would it take to help you feel more "connected," whatever that means, to your school or community?
Do you feel adults listen enough to teens' ideas or suggestions? Which school board or council candidates do you think might be the best listeners to youth?
And are you prepared enough, armed with enough solid information, to say things that are worth the listening time of others? If teens don't care enough to find out the facts and speak out about their thoughts and feelings, what right does anyone have to complain about "not being listened to"? So dig in and speak out, OK? '
Here is the link to Brigid's opinion piece:
Thank you Brigid for publishing the then upcoming candidate forums. There will be at least one more forum coming up this Wed. afternoon (10/24) at Nixon School at Stanford (3pm). When I attended the Paly forum the students were asking excellent questions. I can see why the Campanile students feel that Ken listens to the concerns of youth and will act to see results in improving their academic, social and emotional realities district wide.
Thanks Brigid for encouraging your fellow Paly students to get involved! And thanks again to the Paly students for your endorsements! Well done!