Monday, July 18, 2011

Active History - "Renaming Schools: What Does Sanitizing History Teach Students?"

Another great article from by Paul W. Bennett. If you haven't started following the sites blog, I strongly suggest you do so. It's, well, active and engaging. Chris Moore has previously linked and referred to it.
Below is a quotation I liked from an article on renaming public schools to rid them of names of historical figures with, questional, ethics and actions (my guess is this would lead to all schools eventually being called "blank district school".) Don't make me invoke the slippery slope argument people!

"Critics of name changing initiatives are right to raise objections.  History is a “contested terrain” and in removing names we are denying today’s students an opportunity to engage in such discussions. Exposing students to the conflict of ideas and interpretation lies at the very core of civic education."
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