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Opinion - January 7, 2011

Student stress not caused by educators

by Susanna Gordon

Please, fair is fair. While this school district should be the target of some serious criticisms, your article placing the blame for student stress on educators is inaccurate and misleading (Teens say pressure leads to cheating, drug use, depression," Dec. 31, 2010). Yes, students have too much busy work, and yes, there are teachers who do not do their jobs, but making education the culprit here is unfair.

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Posted by Disagree, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

"As a college admissions consultant, I can tell you that many students spend two to four hours in a weekday on Facebook and other social networking sites, and more on the weekend. They do their homework while constantly replying to the latest contact from a friend or peer, and interrupt themselves and others with constant text messaging while fitting in a little homework. "

NOT ALL students are like this. NOT ALL students spend their time on Facebook. Many students are good students, productive with their time but the homework is still TOO MUCH.

I am glad I do not use your services as a "college admissions consultant" - you attitude is not good for anyone, much less a student who is truly doing the right things and here you are, generalizing about how students spend their time.

"Teachers should not be expected to be sympathetic or lenient when a student scores poorly on a math test or fails to hand in an assignment because of soccer practice or a game. "

No one accuses teachers of that, but teachers should be held accountable when they fail to do their job, and we have plenty of teachers who do not teach: they get to class and ask the students to learn on their own from the book and then take a test. Some teachers do not even understand the material themselves, so when they score a test, a question is considered wrong if it does not match exactly what the teacher guide says, and with Math and English, you know that there are sometimes more than one correct answer. Again, you are making accusations without realizing that NOT ALL students are this way. You may know some student who are this way, but that in no way reflects on ALL students.

"In addition, for many students, every after-school minute until mid- or late-evening is programmed, mostly with sports."

It is healthy to have activities other than school. They are crucial for a healthy development. I know someone in a less stressful school environment who successfully managed a sport (which btw got him a scholarship into a UC) with school work. He went to a district that is not as big on homework as PUSD. He learned WITHOUT tons of daily homework and busy work.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I been had a good education. I blame the parents if there's a problem. I been had good teachers and learned to read and write.

I attended HS in the UK. The BRITS are more serious about educating children.

If somebody doesn't like the way American's are educated, then get out of our country.

Posted by registered user, Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I read this opinion piece and thought it was fair. I don't agree with some of the conclusions, but we do have to recognize that student attitude and culture (i.e., emphasis on sports) plays a role in educational success.

Posted by no kids, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2011 at 8:56 am

If I did have kids I would want this person to cousel them on admissions to college. She hits the nail on the head. Parents allow their kids to waste countless hours on FB and texting, then they complain that the teachers have assigned too much homework. That is just not the case. Take away the cell phone, get the computers out of the bedrooms and take some responsibility for the way your kid spends their time.
The whining in this town is enough to make anyone wonder how this generation of texting slackers will ever amount to anything other than being a burden on society.

Posted by Would not hire her, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm

There are various reasons why I would not want this person helping my kids with the admission process:

1) she makes assumptions about what every kid is doing. She accusses all kids of misbehavior, facebook use, of having every minute of their time programmed, etc... and based on what? Her experience with a few kids she has worked with?

2) she obviously had a few clients who fit the profile she described. I wonder how those clients feel about their problems being disclosed publicly, used as a way to promote/market the non-existent need for this consultant.

3) there is simply no need for a college admissions consultant. We got into college (UCs) and did just fine. We can help our kids without the need to hire someone who obviously generalizes and already assumes the worse about students. And even parents who did not go to UCs, or college for that matter, can help their child by simply doing the research or seeking help from a less pretensious person, one with a better attitude and less accusatory tone.

Posted by read carefully, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

The writer did not say ALL students waste time on facebook, etc., nor did she make assumptions about what every kid is doing. She said "many". Many means multiple, not all or every.

Parents: do your job. Have children do their homework in a public, family space instead of in their room, behind closed doors. I bet they'll get it done quickly so they can be excused.