School Names, Take 2

Originally published on The Quick and the Ed.

More on school names from Jay Mathews at the Washington Post, this time focusing on North Virginia.  Evidently, presidents and well-known people “tend to be controversial, whereas few people have bad things to say about rivers, lakes, forests, or freedom.”  And don’t forget sea creatures.

Mathews thinks it would be better to name schools after people.  He quotes the Manhattan Institute:  “Teachers at Lincoln Elementary, for example, can reference the school name to spark discussions of the evils of slavery and the benefits of preserving our union.”

Teachers could spark the same discussion by displaying a five dollar bill or penny, not to mention dozens of other great ways to excite students about a lesson on the civil war.  In other words:  anything names can do, we can do better.

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