PAUSD High School Rigor Worth It?
Original post made by Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 29, 2013
I have to wonder how much tutoring and parental help is affecting the teacher's perceptions of our students. Depending on the teachers, homework can average 30-60 minutes per night per class. Students take 6-7 classes. They are supposed to have 10 hours of sleep in their teen years, yet are most likely only sleeping 5-7 hours. Just because our children are smarter than the average American, doesn't mean they should have so much work that they have no down time. My child happens to have teachers this year who seem to think their class is the only class. Most classes use college texts, even in regular lane. How is it that our students sometimes work their tails off for a "B" grade? For as hard as our students work, I don't see that they are going to a lot of top colleges. Sure, the top 10 percent do well, but everyone else only go to OK schools. There's something wrong here when the parents have to help so much.