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by Andrea, Val Vista,
on May 19, 2010
Pleasanton in the news! Web Link
Worth seeing the movie and hearing director answer questions afterwords.
Check out website for future screening dates(6/1 Danville)
Briefly, the film addressed how busy and stressed the
kids are between school, homework, extra curricular activites,
pressure to get A's. Students shared the physical and emotional
stress they endure. Teachers talked about how there hands are tied
to really teach due to State and Federal demands, teaching to the
top 2% of students.
Another good resource about what our kids are going through is the book "Price of Privilege" written by a bay area counselor.
Available at the Pleasanton library.
There is no way schools really think they are teaching to the top 2% of students. The top 2% of students are grossly underserved by our schools. One only has to look at the total elimination of GATE funding to see that's true...
"top 2% of students are grossly underserved by our schools"
I would have to disagree at the high school level. There are dozens of AP classes offered, the top students go to competitions in lost of different categories (We The People, Science Olympiad, Art competitions, etc), there is an abundance of band and music options. I think the middle students are being underserved acadmeically as we continue to raise class sizes and reduce the other resources available.
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