Monthly Archives: November 2014

Kudos to “Save the 2008”

Students at Gunn have launched a new initiative called Save the 2008.  It’s “a grassroots campaign on behalf of Gunn’s students and teachers – all 2,008 of them – to create a healthier life at Gunn High School.” It was announced by student Martha Cabot and former teacher Marc Vincenti at a recent school board meeting, per coverage in the Palo Alto Weekly.  Cabot made a YouTube video about student stress at Gunn that went viral, and Vicenti wrote a guest opinion in the Weekly about student challenges in our rigorous environment. The initiative identifies “Six Simple Steps to Sanity at School.”

1)  Downsize classes.

2)  Rightsize homework.

3)  Rightsize course loads.

4)  Turn off, tune in.

5)  De-grade grading.

6)  Rightsize academic fraud.

Welcome to

Welcome to, a grass-roots site whose mission is to provide an unofficial guide to our district.  Our goals are (i) to help families better navigate the schools, the curriculum, and the many options available to them, and (ii) to deconstruct the attendant policies and practices so we can understand them better, discuss them, and drive change where needed.

Like the Harvard Q Guide, we intend to explore the various course offerings at our schools, so our students can have a better understanding of their choices, and so we as a community can critique the educational experience our kids are having.  Our aim is to change from a culture of anecdotal information, which benefits insiders and requires each of us to go it alone, to a culture of perfect information, which benefits everyone and enables social optimization and collective action.

What we need are volunteers to help with this from all stakeholder groups,  including without limitation students, alums, experienced parents, staff, administrators, retirees, new parents, scholars, experts, college students, mental health professionals, non-profit stakeholders, people from neighboring communities, or anyone else who wants to get involved.  We hope to have subject matter editors for different aspects of the schools and curriculum, and drive this process by crowd sourcing the content.  To ensure the quality of our work product and to avoid anonymous agendas, contributors will post either under their own name or else as a editor, with their identity validated by our editorial board.

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