Politically Correct Educators Vote to Rename 44 SF Schools Including  Washington and Lincoln

Mish

The San Francisco school board is leading the surge in political correctness by voting to rename 44 schools.

44 Schools to be Renamed

The LA Times reports Lincoln, Washington, Feinstein, Lowell — San Francisco will rename 42 schools but other sites have the count at 44.

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are no longer suitable names for public schools in San Francisco. Explorers like Vasco Núñez de Balboa are out too, as is Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education voted to change the names of 42 schools because of alleged associations with slaveholding, colonization or oppression.

Feinstein, who has an elementary school named after her, made the list because of controversies decades ago, around the time she was mayor, involving the redevelopment of a building that had housed Chinese and Filipino tenants, as well as an incident involving a Confederate flag at City Hall.

Voice of Common Sense

Do you really think changing the name on an empty building is going to change anything that had been going on inside?” asked Marcia Parrott, former principal at Miraloma Elementary School. 

What is your goal? Racial justice? Inequality? How is that going to occur when there’s nobody in those buildings and won’t be for some time?

List of Targeted Names 

Here is the list of 44 Politically Incorrect School Names.

Other names include Jefferson, McKinley, Monroe, John Muir, Robert Louis Stevenson, Daniel Webster, Herbert Hoover, Francis Scott Key, Mission, and Paul Revere.

Nobody in the Buildings

The children are not in school because of Covid lockdowns. 

The clear priority of the board is not education but political correctness.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed made this Comment on Renaming Schools.

What I cannot understand is why the School Board is advancing a plan to have all these schools renamed by April, when there isn’t a plan to have our kids back in the classroom by then. Our students are suffering, and we should be talking about getting them in classrooms, getting them mental health support, and getting them the resources they need in this challenging time. Our families are frustrated about a lack of a plan, and they are especially frustrated with the fact that the discussion of these plans weren’t even on the agenda for last night’s School Board meeting.

That question aside, Breed's only concern is the timing, not doing it. 

I understand the significance of the name of a school, and a school’s name should instill a feeling of pride in every student that walks through its doors, regardless of their race, religion, or sexual orientation. In fact, the public elementary school I attended as a child was renamed for Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks, and I believe it is a name that instills pride for the community. This is an important conversation to have, and one that we should involve our communities, our families, and our students.

No Sense of Pride

George Washington is not a sense of pride. We better get going on that. Let's wipe him out starting here.

$1 Bill Washington

What's the Cost?

Deputy Superintendent Myong Leigh estimated Tuesday that "new signs would cost about $10,000 per school". 

That's $440,000 for school name changes. 

Care to Take Bets on the Price?

If the board figures it will cost $440,000 then I suspect we double or triple that before these wizards are finished.

If $10,000 is for signs, what about murals, stationary, sports jerseys, stadium logos, politically incorrect statues in front of the buildings, etc., etc.?

Is that the best use of money when kids graduate who can't read or do basic math?

Mish

Comments (70)
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Tengen
Tengen

Addressing the nation's actual problems would take a lot of effort and introspection, but virtue signaling is easy!

I expect a lot more of this in the Biden era. Renaming things doesn't do any real harm, but it also solves nothing.

Mish
Mish

Editor

Renaming has a cost. $440,000 (double that is a better guess) is wasted money.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

But it’s a blow against systemic racism....how can you put a price tag on that? We must restore equity to the unfortunate victims of slavery.....and by that I mean the fifth and sixth generation descendants of the victims of slavery.......we can never rest until al the schools are renamed for deserving historical persons of color.....like Azie Morton and William H. Holland......whoever they were.

astroboy
astroboy

I read that the problem with Lincoln was that some American Indians didn't like him. That's certainly possible. American Indians were really into slavery. Or, it could be that Lincoln coined the term "Native American", although he used it as an expression for people actually born in the US. Can you imagine that!!!!

This is more serious than just a waste of money. PC crap is bankrupting the intellectual muscle of this nation. Consider 1984, George Orwell understood that words actually mean something which is why the Party was so intent in rewriting them.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

America wasn't discovered by Columbus anyway. If we want to tell the truth, everything should be named after Native indians who were slaughtered by Europeans.

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

Ah yes, the idle rich are busy with their fashionable pleasures. :)

Jackula
Jackula

More god damn virtue signalling by the Democrats

Jackula
Jackula

I think our Ca governor Newsome is gonna get recalled. Liking Chamath's thoughts about running already. No state income tax, school vouchers to improve our education..etc. https://www.chamathforca.com

Jackula
Jackula

Sorry about the cussing but am so tired of the leadership in Ca. They are incompetent just like Trump was with Covid. We have a royally screwed up Unemployment dept, DMV, public school systems, horrendous homelessness problems etc etc etc

Jojo
Jojo

They should name the schools like most of those in NY that are called PS xxx (a numeric). Everybody can then get back to doing stuff to help educate the kids.

Sechel
Sechel

These discussions always seem to crop up when renaming something from a President to a black leader. Bridges , streets , schools and airports get renamed all the time without much fanfare. In NY the 59ths street bridge, Interboro, Triboro , Idlewild airport etc were all renamed. If it makes the community feel better and the kids learn better why not

caradoc-again
caradoc-again

How many wanting to rename these places have ever had to scrimp & save and be grateful for having a job in the private sector?

If they were distracted by the realities the majority face, spending money renaming these places wouldn't be on the list at all.

They want to be measured on this? Why not on homelessness, unemployment, tax rates? Only one reason. Because they don't really give a shit about those things.

Vote'em out.

Doug78
Doug78

School names in San Francisco not be named after real people because that will always create dissention. I propose that San Francisco take a more culturally correct approach that is shared by all its citizens and name the schools after prominent strains of marijuana. Acapulco Gold, Blue Dream, Purple Kush, Sour Diesel, Bubba Kush, Granddaddy Purple, Afghan Kush, LA Confidential, Maui Wowie, Golden Goat, Northern Lights, White Widow, Super Silver Haze, Pineapple Express, and Fruity Pebbles would all make good and easily-remembered names and the students could take pride in belonging to a school named after a weed so many San Franciscans love and worship.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

Here we are : '1984' in 2021 !.....Incredible and disgusting ! On top of that, insane, ineffective, so called C19 measures with the only purpose of dominating the stupid herd! Don t you even doubt it, the very rich and privileged DO have their secluded parties ! Maybe it is time to 'really' storm 'The Bastille'?!

PostCambrian
PostCambrian

I wouldn't make any more of this ill-conceived act than a southern city fighting to keep its schools named after Confederate leaders. I live in California, it is a great place to live (although expensive), lots of people think so too (more than any other state). You will find a few places (like Berkeley and San Francisco) that are a little too "woke" but it isn't any worse than being totally asleep or ignorant.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

School budgets could be balanced by selling naming rights to major corporations. Facebook Elementary, Apple Middle School, Tesla Tech School, Google High School.

SuperGord
SuperGord

I'm here in Canada watching you clowns blow yourselves up; you couldn't see this coming from the Left? Mind you, Canada is probably next on the list, as this crap is ubiquitous.

njbr
njbr

A couple of posts back from Mish, we had great wailing and gnashing of teeth from conservatives who decried the collapse of moral values when people would plan for divorce before marriage.

Now we have great wailing and gnashing of teeth because people want to bring the practices in line with the stated ideals of behavior to be modeled.

My goodness, it seems there are great drifts of snowflakes on all sides.

Remembering my school days, I really don't think I really gave one thought to the name of my public school (elementary, middle or high, of which some were public figure names). There was no commemoration of that person in the school. It was a name, just an effn name with no association.

Salt lake city streets are numbered north ans

RonJ
RonJ

"Is that the best use of money when kids graduate who can't read or do basic math?"

I read this the other day.
"Consider that in 2019, only 37% of Illinois third graders could demonstrate grade-level proficiency in English-language arts and only 41% could demonstrate grade-level proficiency in math."

It is not education that is important any more in public schools, it is leftist indoctrination.

I heard stories that teachers didn't want parents sitting in on their children's virtual classes. They apparently didn't want the parents to know what they are teaching their children. They might not approve and complain to the school.

After a ballot proposition passed in a previous election, the California Teachers Association spent on a radio ad, thanking those who voted for it and making a point of telling the listeners that they were going to promote social justice in the schools.

California schools are now pre-registering 16 year old students to vote, so after years of indoctrination, they will go out and vote socialist Democrat at age 18.

There was even a recent ballot initiative to allow 17 year olds to vote in a primary, if they will turn 18 by the general election. I believe it failed, but how long until the indoctrinated adults manage to get the voting age reduced to 16?

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Liberal survey says “it’s nothing....doesn’t matter....no big deal.”

This is why Woke Culture bothers me. It’s getting a free ride....the only question left is how far it will go before those who are validating it realize it will affect them in a material way....and it will, before it’s over.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

" The world we’ve become so dependent on is quickly being turned against anyone who refuses to conform to what amounts to some mangled form of corporate sanctioned, woke imperialism. If you don’t acquiesce fully you’ll be removed eventually. The primary form of leverage being used to bend us into submission are the corporate tools and services we’ve become so dependent on, most explicitly big tech, but increasingly internet infrastructure more broadly. “

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

Mish, you had me at ‘San Francisco’.

FLUSH!

threeblindmice
threeblindmice

The US founders were fundamentally flawed men who owned other men and ignored women. There is nothing from them that we should emulate. The fruits of their poisoned tree were the US constitution and capitalism. It's time to throw it all out and start over. We have improved human morality and now understand how to create knowledge, systems and a society. Let's goooooooo!

ColoradoAccountant
ColoradoAccountant

PS 1, PS 2, PS 3, PS 4, ETC. You get the drift.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

BLM High School, Antifa University, ...and Obrama on the $ bill, or Hillary for that matter, politically correct warmongers as they were....

Jojo
Jojo

This is an apropos post:

Playing it safe
January 31, 2021

Rob Schwartz, CEO of TBWA\Chiat\Day, recently said:

“Every client conversation I’ve had these days is about who is going to be offended by this ad. There’s a lot of discussion about risk mitigation. What that tends to do is that it makes things very bland and not effective.”


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