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Al Gore visits Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton

Original post made on Oct 7, 2011

It isn't every day that a former vice president speaks at a high school. Tuesday, Oct. 4 , was one of those days.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 7, 2011, 11:23 AM

Comments (24)

Posted by Jane Alexander, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Mr. Sturzenegger,

Did you ask Mr. Gore if he has any involvement with Solyndra. A good reporter covers both sides and asks provactive questions. Also, how much was he paid to speak ?


Posted by JT, a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I would hope this school would present both sides of the global warming debate. In Britain, the Court of London ruled that showing his documentary "Inconvenient Truth" to schoolchildren violated the Education Act because it was nothing more than political indoctrination. The court also found nine factual errors in his film. I don't know if Gore is continuing to repeat those errors in his talks today, but there is a large number of scientists willing to give the other side of the story.


Posted by Jason P., a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Oct 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Mr. Gore has no science background and seems to be making a fortune on his speaking engagements. I would not be suprised if somehow he is involved in Solyndra. It would have been nice to have a season reporter cover the story as young kids are intimidated to ask questions.


Posted by Learning Firsthand, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Kudos to Sacred Heart Prep for arranging for such an important speaker to address their older students. The day was for the students and it was enlightening to see how one of them, the editor of the school newspaper, reported on the program. From the jist of the article, it appears as if Mr. Gore's presence was a favor to a friend who was also a SHP parent. Exposing our younger citizens to ideas is important because it opens their minds to different thoughts and encourages them to make up their own mind about important issues.


Posted by Concerned Parent, a resident of Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley
on Oct 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm

You must present both sides in order to give young kids a chance to make an informed decision. Mr. Gore has no business discussing Science...it would have been nice to have a scientist present this information. Sounds like he is trying to brainwash our youth as quoted from the article Mr. Gore stated "He added that while most students cannot vote, they can participate in the fight against global warming by making adults question their beliefs on global warming, how they vote, what resources they use, and what businesses they purchase goods from." Sounds like he is trying to get the kids to influence their parents.


Posted by JT wrong again, a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

..."the Court of London ruled that showing his documentary "Inconvenient Truth" to schoolchildren violated the Education Act because it was nothing more than political indoctrination..."

WRONG WRONG WRONG and a simple google search proves it.

Climate change deniers really need to stop watching Fox.

"Describing the documentary as 'a powerful, dramatically presented and highly professionally produced film', Mr Justice Burton said it was built round the 'charismatic presence' of the ex vice president 'whose crusade it now is to persuade the world of the dangers of climate change caused by global warming'.

But he said it might be necessary for the Government to make clear to teaching staff that some of Mr Gore's views were not supported or promoted by the Government, and there was 'a view to the contrary'.

Agreeing that Mr Gore's film was 'broadly accurate' on the subject of climate change, he found that errors had arisen in 'the context of alarmism and exaggeration'."

So it appears a judge ALLOWS the film, though the judge, while not a scientist (like the posters above) feels entitled to call the film "alarmist."

Mr Gore: thanks for taking the time out of your busy day and spending it with students.


Posted by Terry , a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Considering this was such a great event, you would have thought that the article would have been more intriguing but instead I wanted to fall asleep half way through! Where have all of the good journalists gone? Al Gore deserves better coverage than this. I wish he would have spoken at a public school though instead of Sacred Heart, but then again, people are too brainwashed with money. This article is right about one thing, it is time for CHANGE!


Posted by SHP Parent, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Now you know why people call Al Gore "AL BORE". I would like to know how much this school paid for his talk. He would have had given his speech for free at a public school. Al Gore has gotten rich off his global warming. He should donate all the money he has made to charity. The man has no business talking on this issue. kid from a high school should have not been assigned to this. My kids told me the speech was so boring and that Mr. Gore looked very unhealthy as he appeared quite heavy. The questions posed seemed like they were plants. Let's keep politics out of our schools.


Posted by JT wrong again, a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm

"Al Gore has gotten rich off his global warming."

No. Again, more fox inspired falsehoods. Look it up. He made a fortune off of google stock.

"He should donate all the money he has made to charity"

He did donate all the proceeds to charity. He has been SO SUCCESSFUL with google, various boards, Current and more that he has donated tremendous mounts of money to non-profits, including all the proceeds form the book and movie.

Quit the hatin'!!! Turn off the fox, beck, limpbaugh, etc..

Is he boring? Perhaps. Are many adults boring to kids? Of course. Sorry your child couldn't rise above his/her teenage angst against adults, particularly Gore.

Wonder what lie-filled source your child learned it from?


Posted by JT wrong again, a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Where Gore has made money:

"Al Gore is the co-founder and chair of Generation Investment Management, the co-founder and chair of Current TV, a member of the Board of Directors of Apple Inc., and a senior adviser to Google. Gore is also a partner in the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers"

Partners in any of those ventures don't require book royalties to support themselves.


Posted by Mary, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Oct 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Enough from this JT character. JT time to take a deep breath and drink a glass of wine and relax. Life is too short to be so angry. As for the young writer of the article...it is not his fault that an unexperienced boy was put in charge of this task. Kudos for trying.


Posted by JT wrong again, a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

"How did he manage to fit through the gate?"

"I just want to know if they served Kool-Aid before his presentation."

"Now you know why people call Al Gore "AL BORE"."

"Sounds like he is trying to brainwash our youth ...

"I would not be suprised if somehow he is involved in Solyndra."

The false statement: "the Court of London ruled that showing his documentary violated the Education Act..." (it didn't!)

Did you ask Mr. Gore if he has any involvement with Solyndra.

- - - - - - - - - - - -

The loony right can't stand the facts!

- every government science panel convened by industrialized countries affirms climate change. 90 percent of scientists do not dispute climate change. Of those denying change, a large number are funded by oil companies (Exxon and Koch Industries)

- Al Gore was not involved with Solyndra

- Al Gore is a phenomenally successful investor

"How did he manage to fit through the gate?"

"Stay Classy, Atherton"



Posted by Eric , a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm

The press was kept out so that he could not be asked any questions with substance. He spoke to kids and they are not going to ask the hard questions. The only press was the a kid reporter from the school newspaper.

JT take the advise of others "chill-out", Al Gore could care less about you. You are going to make yourself ill trying to defend Mr. Gore.


Posted by Nancy, a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Oct 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm

All Gore is old news....lets move on.


Posted by ProfessorJones, a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I am very impressed that a high school student took on the challenge of writing this article. And for all the people who are angry that professionals did not cover this, it might help to know that it was not open to the press. You should be happy to be hearing about this at all. I would like to see any of you people write an article for the almanac. This high school student just did something that most of you have never done nor will ever do in your life, so give him some respect.


Posted by Cindy, a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Oct 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I always enjoyed reading "Miles Files" and "Katie's Corner" in The Almanac. Young people should be encouraged to write. So let's not be too hard on this young person, nice first article Mr. Schwarzenegger!


Posted by JT wrong again, a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Eric: "You are going to make yourself ill trying to defend Mr. Gore. "

Not at all and could really not give a hoot about the man - I disagree with him on a number of things.

What gives me great pleasure is debunking the right wing echo chamber's lies about him and others (ie.. he never did say he "invented" the net, but for grins, see Vint "father of the internet" Cerf's comments about Gore's contributions - Web Link ) Also the snopes: Web Link

So many ignoramuses repeat the fox lies, like about the alleged internet claim, that it is rather amusing to blow up their little fallacy bubbles. (gotta love the "Love Story" lie, too!)

Indeed, it does not make me ill, but thanks, I appreciate your concern.


Posted by A parent, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm

This young student did a fine job reporting on this event. For those who blast that no official media didn't report on it, so you know, media was not allowed to this event. You all missed the whole point of his talk to the students: it was to inspire them to be leaders in their community, and to believe in their convictions and to act on what you believe is the right thing to do, regardless wheter its global warming or some other issue. Let's continue to motivate our kids to be outstanding and responsible citizens and take responsiblity for their futures.


Posted by Kathryn Blankenberg, a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Oct 8, 2011 at 9:00 am

As a writer for the Almanac since 5th grade for "Katie's Corner", I have never seen such discouragement as I have seen in these comments. The Almanac is not meant to be a political forum but instead it is meant to foster and celebrate the community! If someone wrote these hurtful comments to me as a 10 year old, I would have felt completely distraught. I agree that we should encourage young people to write. Sloane is one of my classmates and I know that he would not mean to on purpose only represent one side. He was only writing what he was told. So, good job Sloane on your efforts to enter the field of journalism! Usually, it is not this malicious, so do not let these critiques get to you! There will always be adversity to those achieving their dreams.

Cindy: If you are wondering about "Miles Files", I actually went on a religious pilgrimage to Lourdes with him and many others back in July. He is doing well at Cornell and still remembers his days writing for the Almanac. As for me, the next article for "Katie's Corner" will be published hopefully in the next few weeks! I had taken a break for a few months in order to complete the final details of my online business, Cute As A Cupcake. If you are interested, you can visit my website at www.cuteasacupcake.biz . I did not want to publish any articles that I had not worked full heartedly on, but now that my business is up and running, I will go back to my monthly columns.

So please, let us stop trying to tear each other down (and I mean this from people arguing both sides!) and move on with our lives and try to lift up our community instead of tearing each other down!


Posted by Professor at Stanford University, a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Oct 8, 2011 at 9:43 am

Well said Katie.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Oct 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

Good Job to Sloane, thank you for taking YOUR time to share this story with us.

As you can see there is no shortage of critics in this world. Most of them do not even identify themselves which is more reason to ignore.

Best to you


Posted by J. Dorhman, a resident of another community
on Oct 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Who, what, where, when, why.... the basics of reporting. I'm sure Sloane was asked to report on the event itself with just the facts, not an indepth investigative magazine piece about Al Gore and global warming and all of its supporters and detractors. Support kids in their dreams, not meanly and blindly criticize them.

Sloane, thank you for your article. Part of being a reporter is putting yourself out there and as they say above, there are no shortages of opinions. Keep doing what you're doing, don't let these negative naysayers affect what you do or think.


Posted by Former SHP Parent, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

"A Parent" was right on. And so were Kathryn B's comments. Professor Jones, thanks for your comments.

My kids saw Gore's movie at SHP, but also had debates about BOTH sides of the issues. So, unless you know the whole story about an event, don't be so quick to criticize. And as for the young journalist, great job!! Keep up the good work!

I think that his quote from one of the students summed up the speech very nicely: "Students reacted positively to the presentation. Sophomore Lauren Mohrman said, "Hearing his advice about making a difference really spoke out to me. Having someone you don't see everyday tell you that you can make a change really makes you believe that you can!"

If this is what kids took away, what's so bad about that???!!!


Posted by Edgar McSweeney, a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Oct 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I agree Kathyn B. made a great point. We should not be tearing each other down.

I also enjoyed the young writers columns "Miles Files" and "Katie's Corner". We have very talented young people in our community. To the young boy who covered this event "practice makes perfect" so keep writing and ignore the negative comments!


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