Posted by Miss USA, a resident of another community, on Apr 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm
This is awesome news! Keep it up Google. Raising the community around this company is socially responsible; Is also benefits the business by encouraging employees to live in Mountain View and send their kids to the local schools.
Posted by Cynic, a resident of the Whisman Station neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm
A great gesture, but I question the true value of one million divided by seven schools and then targeting the lowest performing students. How many of them will even make it to college to make a difference? And of course, it's a huge tax write off for Google.
Posted by Jeff, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Cynic, you are not in tune with how kids benefit from this sort of program. This is fundamental to broader success. Enhanced math skills entail improved comprehension, problem-solving, concrete and abstract reasoning, and testing conclusions. Kids who get this boost early on have a much better shot at doing well in later education and as citizens in general. Kids from all sorts of socio-economic circumstances can have learning difficulties (in some cases they need a different learning approach)need in math and reading, and it is critical to their futures to work with them before and during middle school.
Posted by mvparent, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm
This is fantastic news! Can we also get Google's involvement with Citizen Schools extended into the Mtn View middle schools? They are doing wonderful things in Redwood City. Any reason our district doesn't have a partnership with Citizen Schools & Google?
Posted by Cynic2, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm
I wonder how they define "neediest students". My daugher is a student in the MVWSD who struggles with math. I really hope she benefits from this grant. But, my gut tells me she won't because she is part of a white middle class family, and English is NOT our second language.
Posted by Observer, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm
Rather than send money, how about Google send over some high-priced engineers and mathematicians to teach for a year to the high learners at the middle schools? If not, I fear this is more good money being thrown after bad.
Posted by Parent, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm
What is really needed is to educate the parents of these "neediest students" that they are the biggest factor in their kid's educational success or failure. No amount of math instruction strategies or teacher training will improve a kid's math skills if they don't put the work in to studying it at home. I say this from the experience of helping in the classrooms and from my childhood as an English-learner in a low-income family. My parents only had elementary school and HS degrees, but they made sure that we all knew that education came before all else and my siblings and I all went on to earn master degrees in the sciences.
Posted by Graham P, a resident of the Willowgate neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm
...But we still have a math problem in our town I can't solve and that a one time handout doesn't address:
High Incomes + High Property Values + 100 Billion dollar companies = Not enough money for education?
That doesn't compute.
We are 46th nationally in per pupil spending.
I just came from my 2nd graders music performance, but we only have music because parents raise and donate money.
No acting, no place to eat indoors.
But our City has Google, Intuit, KPMG, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Mozilla, Symantec, Synopsys, VeriSign, etc.
Average income is 90k state wide about 60k.
We SHOULD have enough money so our children can have a school lunch room and a school play.
Our City, State, County and Fedral Government are not collecting and dispursing funds adequitely.
We don't get as much from Google as we would a Walmart because they don't pay taxes on what they sell! And I think those making over 90k (me included) could pay a little more in taxes to keep the next generation educated.
Posted by eye wide open, a resident of another community, on Apr 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm
It is absolutely wonderful that Google recognizes the educational funding needs in public schools. My children went through the MVWSD K through 12 and all schools had wonderful teachers, AND they moved on to higher education.
My concern is that with state budget cuts to public schools, and the government EXPECTING private funding (via grants, more parental funding), is it possible for the education system to crash such that public schools deteriorate to the point the best education will be through privatization?
If that happens, our children will no longer be our future because with no good public (FREE) education, how can those children lead and be mentors to future generations?
Thank you Google for the temporary fix to public education. If the tax break helps Google and gives funding to public schools to help, I cannot complain. It is a win-win temporary fix. However, I only hope this government does not rely on corporations to continue to bail out public schools.
Posted by Rossta, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Apr 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm Rossta is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
Our schools are already focused on bringing up the neediest kids. I don't mean neediest economics - I mean the schools focus on bringing up the poorest performers. But the neglect is on helping the talented kids achieve their potential. If Google wants a base of educated population to hire from, then they would be wise to help all students achieve their potential.
Posted by MV Mama, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2011 at 8:46 am
Rossta, I agree. The district already spends a disproportionate amount on those students who need extra help and services. The average students and the advanced students don't get that same benefit. I have one child who is right in the middle of the pack, but could really benefit from some of the extra reading programs.
In any case, kudos to Google. I hope this is just the start of a long relationship with MVWSD. They have the potential to do so much good in our district.
Posted by sandy, a resident of another community, on Apr 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm
This is just great that Google is doing something for the poor students. Our present education system does not always provide the challenges that (china and India offer to their students) can bring out the best from a student. Every American student has the capability to complete their school and hold postsecondary degrees. They have the expertise and talent; online tutoring services like tutorteddy.com helps to bring that out by providing them all essential helps at the most reasonable cost. Some of them offer online math scholarship program to help deserving underprivileged American students learning math at free of cost. There are many students in our country, who canít continue with their studies due to lack of proper guidance and poor financial background. They can take advantage of online tutoring services.
Posted by Transparency, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm
The Mountain View Whisman School District must be grateful for receiving millions from Google, Property Shoreline Taxes,and Real Estate Agents. We are concern about how wisely they will use that money. We strongly recommend a money transparency publishing on the news paper. We already know that there is enough money for the education programs. Teachers and all employees of Mountain View Whisman are struggling with their unfair salaries living in a rich area.
Posted by gcoladon, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm gcoladon is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
I am grateful to Google for this charitable donation. I wonder if we have Larry Page in particular to thank for this, what with his having taken on the CEO role at Google on Monday.
Ideally, MVWSD would be able to demonstrate that these monies resulted in incremental improved achievement for the students targeted by the funds. This way, Google would know that it's gift was money well spent, and might continue to contribute funds to local public schools (as well as inspire similar donations to other districts and by other donors).
Posted by James, a resident of the Whisman Station neighborhood, on Apr 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm
You don't need Ivy League degree to work in the computer industry, and anyone from a Mountain View school should be able to develop the skills needed. There are so many resources online now, and more coming every day. Here are some of my favorites (I'm not connected with any of them).
www.starfall.com (they have a new math program for $35).
epgy.stanford.edu/district (k-7 math program the school district uses, $135 is you're not enrolled thru your school).
www.khanacademy.org (very cool, free).
scratch.mit.edu (computer programming for all ages, free).
Posted by google4all, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Apr 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm
Another thing I love about you Google is who you hire. I am so glad that smart, young people can count on you for jobs. I was shocked two years ago when my son graduated from Harvard & MIT (joint master's program) and many of his colleagues were having a heck of a time finding jobs. I know you can't hire them all, but you keep onboarding the brightest and the best and making this world a better place by doing so. I will always appreciate you. (My son is working somewhere else).
Posted by Steven Nelson, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Apr 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm
There is a lot of good content in this thread. The Google $ comes at an opportune time with the state funding crisis and the recent Shoreline temporary funds finalization. Good planning and PR at Google.
Sales and corporate taxes from Google have nothing to do with schools funding (though sales would help city). Google DOES pay property taxes like ever other property owner - but Shoreline still does divert 99% of those (20% is now going back to schools through the new temporary agreement).
Target Math - good idea. I hope some citizens start drilling down to what the school Board is actually going to implement new. SLATER (and Carnage Mellon math study). Too bad the math study at Slater was felled by closing. The district is using the Google rent to transform a capital resource into an Operations Fund. The Google donation goes directly to operations [BTW - our elementary students performance in HS math is one big reason the HS district is in "program improvement"]. Bet Barry Groves is also happy for this money.