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Castilleja School casts graduates into the world

Original post made on Jun 5, 2017

On the steps of Castilleja School in Palo Alto Saturday a group of graduates dressed in white posed for a picture, each holding a small bouquet of red roses, a nod to the school's color.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:32 PM

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Posted by Moved to speak
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 5, 2017 at 11:23 am

Reflecting on the community, future?

What a pity that as reported, Maria Klawe seems to have chosen to ignore the lack of what she saw in front of her!

Where are the black students? Or preparing leaders is only for certain groups? Was there a mention of service?
And what kind of community and future is there if a group of our citizens is not represented?

When my daughter graduated one of the most prestigious independent schools in America you could see in the faces of the students a cross section of America. The invocation was given by a retiring Principal, a black woman who was also an alumna. About 62% of the students had some kind of scholarship. The beneficiaries were by and large not black.

When we speak about leadership we have to be careful that the talk and the walk are both visible.


Posted by Palo Alto Citizen
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 20, 2017 at 11:05 am

Moved to Speak: Your point is an interesting one, except you are making some assumptions that are not true. In the small sample of photos here it is true that there are no black students. But if you take a quick trip over to the school website you will find photos and data that make it clear that Castilleja's mission and student body are about educating a diverse group of students for leadership. 47% of the student body are students of color (I know you made reference specifically to black students, and there are black students, but the wider diversity of the Bay Area population is reflected in the students). You also mention the idea of service, and from the quotation in this article I can see that was an important theme of the address Maria Klawe gave. She recognized the privilege and she talked about how students with such an education are prepared to be agents of change.


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