Author Topic: DCPS board to reconsider schools named after Andrew Jackson, Jean Ribault  (Read 61163 times)

Charles Hunter

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There's a reason no one ever complains about the name of ... or Westside High.

Well, a lot of the folks who went to "Nathan Bedford Forrest High School" - its former name - are probably still complaining about the name.

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If the school system put half as much energy into teaching subjects that actually help students enter the workforce as they do in changing school names, what a country that would be.

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Pretty sure it's the state that decides what they get to teach, but okay dude.
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If the school system put half as much energy into teaching subjects that actually help students enter the workforce as they do in changing school names, what a country that would be.

As Marcus said, the state decides the curriculum not DCPS but regardless we should be able to tackle social issues important to the students and faculty at the school while ensuring our students also get a proper education. It's okay to walk and chew gum at the same time

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If the school system put half as much energy into teaching subjects that actually help students enter the workforce as they do in changing school names, what a country that would be.

Huh? Since when is school about preparing kids for the workforce? That has to be the saddest thing I've read in a while.
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If the school system put half as much energy into teaching subjects that actually help students enter the workforce as they do in changing school names, what a country that would be.

Huh? Since when is school about preparing kids for the workforce? That has to be the saddest thing I've read in a while.

You're right. They should be prepared for a lifetime of protesting. Seems about the only thing they are capable of recently.
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Pretty sure it's the state that decides what they get to teach, but okay dude.

This goes well beyond the borders of Jacksonville, dude.

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If the school system put half as much energy into teaching subjects that actually help students enter the workforce as they do in changing school names, what a country that would be.

Huh? Since when is school about preparing kids for the workforce? That has to be the saddest thing I've read in a while.

You're right. They should be prepared for a lifetime of protesting. Seems about the only thing they are capable of recently.

“If you're going to play it out of tune, then play it out of tune properly.”

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Results are out.

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The schools that voters chose to keep the names are:

Kirby-Smith Middle School
Jean Ribault High School
Jean Ribault Middle School
Andrew Jackson High School

Although voters technically chose to change the name of Kirby-Smith Middle School, the name received the most votes among the other choices listed.

Meanwhile, the schools that voters chose to change the names are:

Joseph Finegan Elementary School to Anchor Academy
Stonewall Jackson Elementary School to Westside Academy
Jefferson Davis Middle School to Westside Middle School
J.E.B. Stuart Middle School to Westside Middle School
Robert E. Lee High School to Riverside High School

Here are the full results.
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Looks like the Board will have to go to Plan "B" on the Jeff Davis and JEB Stuart renamings. 
The 2nd highest votes at JEB Stuart went to Warrior Academy with 40 votes (12.4%) - compared to the preferred Westside Middle School with 186 votes (57.6%). The other geographic choice, Wesconnett Middle School got 35 votes (10.8%)

Over at Jeff Davis, Westside Middle School got 95 votes (61.3%), with Charger Academy coming in second with 32 votes (20.7%)

Note, the percentages reported by DCPS include votes given to keeping the existing name.  That should not have been a choice in the second question, which should have been answered ONLY if you wanted to change the name.

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Kirby-Smith came in 2nd to the combination of Springfield ______ options. Seems logical to choose Springfield Middle School.

Since two schools picked the same name they should vote again. 
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Kirby-Smith came in 2nd to the combination of Springfield ______ options. Seems logical to choose Springfield Middle School.

Since two schools picked the same name they should vote again.

The school board should have what they need now. They could maybe do a straw poll or something but hopefully the bulk of this matter is behind us.
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The meeting on June 1 should be ... interesting. I expect a large crowd of neo-confederates there to advocate for keeping the names.

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Looks like the Board will have to go to Plan "B" on the Jeff Davis and JEB Stuart renamings. 
The 2nd highest votes at JEB Stuart went to Warrior Academy with 40 votes (12.4%) - compared to the preferred Westside Middle School with 186 votes (57.6%). The other geographic choice, Wesconnett Middle School got 35 votes (10.8%)

Over at Jeff Davis, Westside Middle School got 95 votes (61.3%), with Charger Academy coming in second with 32 votes (20.7%)

Note, the percentages reported by DCPS include votes given to keeping the existing name.  That should not have been a choice in the second question, which should have been answered ONLY if you wanted to change the name.

My kids went to Jeff Davis. It always struck me as so blatantly racist that not only is it named after the president of the CSA, but their mascot is a horse that knights ride into battle. May as well named it Klan Middle School. I absolutely do not support them using Charger in the new school name either. Better to get rid of all vestiges of the KKK and racism in the new name.

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Short film about the people, opinions and events RE Confederate school names and monuments.  Local


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJuyQB7YO88