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Morale in our school district

Original post made by helenayers on May 30, 2014

Maybe it is the time of the year, and maybe we parents, and our kids, are just looking forward to a summer break, but the morale in our school district seems at a long-time LOW!!
I have two elementary and two middle school children in Pleasanton schools.

After talking to other parents and to teachers, everyone seems so sad, so discouraged. Maybe the Walnut Grove fiasco, started it, but I have friends at about four other schools, and they all say the atmosphere and morale among the teachers, staff, and students is just remarkably low. Seems like the most common complaint by the teachers, is lack of support by the parents, by the principals, by the unions(!), by the superintendent, and by the district office.
This has got to be affecting our kids, and diminishing the quality of their education. Is this what we want in Pleasanton. No, I don't think so.
Solutions? Comments?

Comments (9)

Posted by William Tell, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

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Posted by second priority, a resident of Amador Estates
on May 30, 2014 at 9:11 am

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Posted by William Tell, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 30, 2014 at 9:25 am

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Posted by second priority, a resident of Amador Estates
on May 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

William Tell...a P.S. I am channelling with you. I also yanked my child out of the PUSD system at the elementary school level. My child is thriving magnificently in a private school near here. It was either this private school or home school for us. My thought is that it is almost child abuse to subject our kids to public schools anywhere in the U.S.

The literacy rates were even higher before the States mandated public schooling for every child. The U.S. public school system was designed after the Prussian (i.e. German) system which had three main tenets:

1. The first was that the purpose of state schooling was not the intellectual training but the conditioning of children to obedience, subordination, and collective life. Thus, memorization outranked analytical thinking.

2. Whole ideas were broken up into fragmented subjects and school days were divided into fixed periods, so that self-motivation to learn would be muted by ceaseless interruptions.

3. The Government was posited as the true parent of children.

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We are so thankful that we pulled our child out of PUSD!


Posted by helenayers, a resident of Jensen Tract
on May 30, 2014 at 11:08 am

helenayers is a registered user.

If you two guys are finished with your ranting...your right to free speech and notwithstanding the fact that your kids are NOT in the Pleasanton schools anymore, ..anyone else have observations, thoughts about the low morale among the parents and teachers here in PUSD? Seems like our reputation for being a district with great schools, is on the decline!!! and I am wondering why.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 30, 2014 at 11:37 am

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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park
on May 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I've lived in Pleasanton going on 25 years now. My youngest grandchild graduates out of the PUSD this coming June. Frankly, I think morale in Pleasanton, not just the schools, has been on a decline since way before the Walnut Grove fiasco, although the mis-handling of that situation certainly exacerbated and highlighted the issues we have with our superintendent and board.

For several years now, some residents (and some non-residents who post here frequently) have decided that vitriol and name-calling are the only way to address one another; that the roots of all evil in Pleasanton are our teachers, police and fire personnel, as well as anyone with a different point of view from the poster; that anyone who looks like they may be from somewhere else doesn't fit in our community; that, as one poster recently said, it's a good thing we don't have more "poor kids" in our schools because they would only drag the "affluent kids" down. Shoot (pun intended), another poster recently stated that anyone who had a different point of view than he did should be the recipient of "a few well-placed bullets".

Frankly, if the kind of "discussions" that takes place on this blog are held in homes, it's no wonder that the negativity spills over into our community, onto our kids and into the schools. It's insidious and dangerous.

Do our teachers, police and fire personnel try to stay above the fray and continue to perform the critical jobs they have? I think most absolutely do. However, they're only human, and anonymous, consistent name-calling and generalizations that attempt to strip them of the value they bring to our community, has to affect their morale. Is there a place for rational, coherent discussions about pensions and salaries? Absolutely! Adults, take it to the City Council. Don't like the outcome? Exercise your vote.

Is the Superintendent and School Board mis-managing the trust we've given them? Attend a meeting and speak out to the Board. Don't like the outcome? Exercise your vote. For example, Jeff Bowser is running for County Superintendent of Schools; don't like his handling of school issues? Don't vote for him in June.

Can diversity be a little scary? Certainly. So make an effort to get to know people as individuals. Let go of those pre-conceptions. Who knows, you might make a new friend.

Do we live in an affluent community? Absolutely. Does that automatically make "affluent kids" better, smarter, nicer that "poor kids"? Absolutely not. It just makes us lucky, and should make us appreciative.

Attitude and feelings of worth start in the home and carry into the schools and beyond. Parents, neighbors, friends, teachers, city and school administrators, police and fire personnel - we all have a responsibility in boosting and protecting the morale of both our community and our kids.

Knowing the atmosphere of this blog, I'm guessing I'll be accused of nefarious plots against humanity, or, at the very least, having my head in a dark place (LOL), but I never said it was going to be easy.


Posted by Jeff, a resident of Del Prado
on May 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

@ Billie - well said. Thank you for a breath of rationale and productive discourse.


Posted by helenayers, a resident of Jensen Tract
on May 30, 2014 at 3:06 pm

helenayers is a registered user.

Thanks, Billie and Jeff


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