Archive for the ‘school names’ Category

School Names, Take 2

July 10, 2007

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.

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A School By Any Other Name…

July 2, 2007

Originally published on The Quick and the Ed.

manatee.jpgResearchers have discovered a new culprit for low academic achievement: school names. The Salt Lake Tribune reports, “in Florida, five schools are named after George Washington although 11 honor manatees, also known as sea cows.”

God forbid that schools be named after animals known as sea cows. Let’s hope that no manatees read the Salt Lake Tribune this morning – probably a safe bet, but who knows what will happen if the story gets picked up on the Atlantic coast.

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