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More Homework and Greater Effort

Original post made by Keep America Strong, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Mar 20, 2014

Is anyone else in favor of more homework, greater effort, self-reliance, and a sense of accountability that will allow our kids to compete on the world stage when they're adults?

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Posted by Ridiculous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Please keep this kind of stuff to yourself. This isn't FaceBook.


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Posted by anon
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 20, 2014 at 6:09 pm

I'm sorry, but do you have any idea how much stress the children and young adults of Pleasanton are already under? I agree that obtaining a solid education is a vital step in realizing one's goals and aspirations, but I truly believe that undue - and unhealthy - emphasis has been placed on academic achievements and so-called "self-reliance" in this country, and even more so in this community. Speaking as a high-achieving second semester senior at Amador, with almost 10 years in the public school system in Pleasanton under my belt, I believe I have a pretty clear handle on this subject. Especially in the past year and a half, I have seen academia-related stress lead to anxiety attacks, self-harm, depression, poor self-esteem, and suffering interpersonal relationships, both in my classmates, and in myself. Among the sources of stress in the community of young adults at Amador and Foothill are: various AP classes, struggling to keep up with extracurriculars and volunteer work to diversify our college applications, studying hours into the night to prepare for SATs and ACTs (and taking rigorous prep courses with thousand-dollar price tags), practicing hard at varsity sports and playing our hearts out in the hopes of appealing to a talent scout from the college of our dreams... Eventually, it gets to the point where we place every ounce of our self worth on the numbers. SAT score? 2400. ACT? 36. Acceptance rate of the school you'll attend after you're done here? 5.9%. On top of the commonplace struggles of adolescence (dating, drama with friends, realizing our parents don't actually have all the answers, etc.), it becomes too much to bear. Adolescents often leave high school unsure of what these past 4 years have been for, as if they've all gone by in a blur of textbooks and highlighters. So no, I'm pretty damn sure that more homework won't solve the problems facing adolescents, or this community. That said, I don't think that high school is all bad. Trust me, I've been very blessed to go to such a high-rated school, with absolutely wonderful classmates for all these years. I just think that for once, parents (I'm assuming you're a parent) like yourself should give us some credit here. We work hard. We study hard. We're trying. But the truth is, we're still growing up. Let kids be kids, while they still can. School is certainly an important part of life, but it shouldn't be the only part we focus on.


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Posted by WG nonsense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2014 at 6:26 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)