Amador Students Remember 9/11 Schools & Kids, posted by A Close Neighbor, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Sep 18, 2008 at 11:19 am
In contrast to the many ways that our community has remembered 9/11 and the horrific events that occured on that day, Amador students decided that they would commemorate the anniversery of one of the darkest days in our history by organizing a massive food fight. No rememberance of those that died on that day, no somber thoughts about the brave men and women of the fire and police departments who ran into the burning buildings, no revisiting of the heroism of those who went down in the Pennsylvania field, and no show of support for the continued war on terror...just a Facebook to organize the whole thing. Just think what could have been done if these same students had used their time in a RESPONSIBLE way. They could have exherted their time and energy in organizing some sort of moment of silence on the quad at lunch...organize a coin drive to benefit some charitable organization that helps the families of the victims...organize to truly remember. What a sad state of affairs our society is facing when the young people of our community are so oblivious to an event that has so shaped our country and world. I know we keep hearing..."oh it's always the negative things we hear about..." which is somewhat true...what did the students at Amador do to REMEMBER? Where were the young people who do care? What conversations have we had with our chldren to spur them to positive action? The food fight happened...what are we doing to instill in our young people's minds the fact that what was done was NOT acceptable. I'm not harping on our community, just hoping that adults and young people alike reflect on the behavior that was demonstrated on such an important day, and hoping that we see things in the future that counter-act the negative. I would love to see some sort of reaction condemning the activity that happened on 9/11 at Amador...not from our Adult community...STEP UP YOUNG PEOPLE! WHERE ARE YOUR STUDENT LEADERS? How will you respond to the nonsense that is happening on your campus? Think about the traits that are supposedly learned in this "community of character", and think about how you can develop those traits in yourself and your peers. Make some noise and commotion...not in a destructive way as was done on 9/11/2008...but in a positive way!
Posted by Violet, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 18, 2008 at 1:33 pm
Oh blah, blah. First of all, how do adults commemorate tragedies? Food. They eat. Someone die in your family? What do you do? You all get together for a gathering (dare I say 'party'?) and eat. Lots.
How do we commemorate the genocide and cultural slaughter of the Native Americans? We stuff ourselves with food.
To counter death, we eat. Thus, the Amador students followed their parents example, except instead of stuffing ALL that food down their gullets, they threw some around. Haven't these children parents made the food fight in Animal House a classic
American movie scene?
By the way, how are the students suppose to learn responsibility from parents who drive gas-guzzling trucks while kids die in Iraq, consider it critical to talk on the phone while driving knowing that it impairs reaction time, scream at their boys to 'wake up!' and stop playing 'like a girl!' when they're doing their best at soccer, speed on roads that border schools at dismissal time, value their children's grades more than actual learning to the point where they PAY them for grades, etc. Who exactly are these kids supposed to be learning RESPONSIBILITY from?
Posted by Lynda, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on Sep 18, 2008 at 2:18 pm
What a rediculous article. So some kids had a food fight that coincidentally ended up on the anniversary of 9/11. Why didn't the school teachers & staff plan some kind of memorial for that day? I have a child that goes to Amador and my child was quite upset that the school did nothing to remember the victims of 9/11. Don't blame the students, blame the school staff.
PS - I did hear that the school had some kind of moment of silence in response to some homosexual issue. It's just great that the school staff organized a moment of silence for homosexuality (sarcasm).
Posted by Theresa, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Sep 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm
Have you sat through classes at Amador? A typical day there is an exercise in tedium for the students. The teachers do not create an environment of active, involved children. What you will see is kids sitting in hard chairs for 7 hours listening to adults who love the sound of their own voices droning on and on and on....It's like the 7 hour meeting from hell.
Imagine if you went to work and had to immediately sit down and endure 7 hours of boring speakers. Complete passivity is required or you're fired. Do that for 170 days and see if a food fight starts looking appealing.
Posted by Violet, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm
BTW, I'm aware that girls rock at soccer. I've watched them play and they're amazing. I did, however, hear the mother of a boy playing soccer try to emasculate the boys by accusing them of 'playing like girls.' It is, of course, a compliment.
I've noticed the parents at girl's soccer games are quiet, but the parents at the boy's games groan and yell criticisms at the children when they make mistakes. It's awful. Winning is all that matters. Their children's feelings don't. If you're actually upset when a little kid misses the ball during a children's game, see a therapist.
Posted by Not Again, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Sep 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm
It sure seems like anytime something goes less than perfect there is someone out there mocking the community of character objective. It is an objective, an ideal, obviously not 100% of the time a reality. BTW Stacey your comment in and of itself dosen't show much character either. Simply piling on to what someone else barfed on this website.
If anyone thinks a food fight was organized specifically on 9/11 your foolish. Also, with 2500+ students I'm sure nowhere close to all of them participated, and yet the entire student body is held responsible.
I'll bet "a close neighbor" is the same person who purchased a home next to the school and then constantly complains about the noise it produces. You would have to be at the school to know that a food fight had occured in any event right?
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 18, 2008 at 8:49 pm
The "Community of Character" concept deserves to be mocked. What does it do other than become a source of hypocrisy? I've tended to find that people who really are honest, responsible, have integrity, or compassion, etc., don't need a fancy label to wear on their sleeves proclaiming they are such while those that aren't like to say they are.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 18, 2008 at 8:52 pm
Kids don't learn these values by someone putting them out as a slogan or educational program. It is just another bitter pill society tries to force down their throats. Kids learn by example from those that they respect.
Posted by A Close Neighbor, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Sep 18, 2008 at 10:53 pm
You obviously are not a regular visitor...I live close, and think those who purchased homes close to the campus are ridiculous in their complaints. They bought homes knowing there was a school there...live with it.
That said...I'm always suprised at the varied responses here. I'm not stupid enough to think that the kids specifically planned this to happen on 9/11, the point was that they did it without a thought of what the day was.
Also a typical, and silly, response...blame the adults. How predictible. At the HS level, activities at the school are initiated by and for the students. My intent in posting this was hopefully not to prove the simeon nature of our students (Another Gatetree...get over it you live next to the school), to blame the school AGAIN (Lynda...let's FINALLY make pleasanton kids responsible for what they do, and don't do), to mis-interpret and bash tradition (Violet...a bit of pshcho-babble), or to totally misrepresent what a good school we actually have in our community (Theresa...seriously...sounds like a personal problem to me...school phobia), my point was to get the adults, parents, and kids in this community to have a conversation about what their community is all about. If their energies that they use for destructive behavior were used for constructive things, how much better off would we be. When my kid comes home laughing about this event, comments about how cool he thought it was, and is spreading word about administrators getting hit with food and laughing about that...what has my kid learned from me if I ignore their comments, roll my eyes, and say "kids will be kids". Instead, I made sure to have a long and honest conversation with my kid, helping them to mature and hopefully come to their own conclusion about the immaturity of the situation. Mabye you all should do the same.
Posted by Tina, a member of the Walnut Grove Elementary School community, on Sep 19, 2008 at 1:51 pm
Dear A Close Neighbor, If the way you write is the way you approach your child, no wonder he's immature. You're shaming, condemning, superior, critical and attacking. Children learn nothing but how to hide whenever possible from an adult like that. No one is open to learning when they're being attacked.