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Streetwise: What will you miss most about high school?

Original post made on Jun 4, 2010

As high school graduation nears, Stan Wharton went to San Ramon Valley High School to interview seniors. This week's Streetwise question asks what they will miss most about high school. Learn their answers to his question by viewing their photos.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 3, 2010, 4:19 PM

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Jun 4, 2010 at 6:51 am

Ralph N. Shirlet is a registered user.

Dear Emily,

When Paul Simon wrote the lyrics, "When I look back at all the crap I learned in high school," he was summarizing an issue with the institution as more cultural than educational. More exactly, high school for the decades following WWII has increasingly become aimed at service to the top 30% of students with little interest in serving students that might thrive in alternative, more individual, educational environments.

It is hard to thrive in an artificially competitive environment that is at odds with the student in its lack of invitation to learn.

It has become reality for the majority of high school students to not recall high school with fond memories. So when you ask a population of former high school students, "What do you miss about high school?" the answer will often be "absolutely nothing!"

High school has become a tradition best defined as an excuse for the silly things we do repeatedly.

The ROFL in Ralph N. Shirlet

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Posted by alyson colton
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jun 4, 2010 at 8:11 pm

ralph ...
i have seen your negative sentiment repeatedly over the past weeks ...
why are you so miserable?
leave our community and now especially our high school students ALONE!
this is a pretty amazing community and if you can't say anything positive about it ... then don't say anything at all!
maybe it is time to move on!

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2010 at 8:32 am

Dear Emily,

Among neighborhoods' e-exchanges and Alamo alumni there was shared humor about the sacred view of high school by part of our society. In various comments received by neighbors by those that would blindly support high school as an institution, there is no consideration of what SRVUSD now does to offer alternatives or what could be done on high school campuses to offer diversity in education.

In conversation with Joan Buchanan, our small group at a SRVUSD board meeting enjoyed thoughts about making high school more relevant to all students rather than the majority of investment going to the top 30% of academic achievers. In that conversation, which I recall becoming a published article, Joan pointed to the importance of technical and creative educational programs on high school campuses or at alternatives such as Del Amigo and Venture. What was a concern from Joan and others that discussed such expansion of educational opportunity was the local culture’s stigma that is put on any high school program that does not use false competition in advanced placement courses. In the view of the core of that remnant culture students are a failure if they will not compete in such an advanced program.

District residents might agree that a small core of such a remnant culture is still celebrating SRVUSD of the 1990’s as created by Joan, Maryanne, Chris and more that deeply cared about community engagement. What is interesting is that core does not want to admit that SRVUSD has reverted to what it was during the recall election of the early 1990’s.

Whether in humorous response or concerned commentary, let's invite your readers to provide depth in their commentary and specifics in their positions.

Of Ralph with only a smile

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 6, 2010 at 8:31 am

Dear Dolores and Emily,

I returned last July to Napa Senior High School just 50 years and one month after my graduation. Now the district headquarters building, it was enjoyable to see the structure quite nicely redone and up-to-date. It was nice to meet fellow graduates, most for the first time, and see how well they have used their lives.

It was the first and last time back to the school and an opportunity to wish all my new acquaintances from the Class of 1959 the best in life.

A truly unique experience,


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Posted by Diane
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jun 7, 2010 at 9:07 am

What I find meaningful about this article are the concise, cogent responses of the students who were interviewed. Rather than interject my praise/criticism regarding the experiences of the graduating class, I appreciate the sharing of their thoughts on what they will miss and what new experiences may await them.

Well done students.

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