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January 18, 2019

There’s always one

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

At the School Board’s next meeting they’ll take up the recommendation from the Haight Elementary School community to change the name officially from Haight Elementary to Love Elementary.

But, stuffed in the powerpoint presentation on the topic there was this one downer bit that was inevitable because people are sometimes very very terrible:

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Because it’s not enough to just say, “I don’t think that the name should change” but one person or a group of people spent about nine hours on one day to make 135 racist suggestions.  That’s really sad and I hope that person (or group of persons) finds a hobby other than trolling an elementary school community trying to bring some positivity to their school in this process.

Also what’s going on 3rd and 5th graders?  But I guess given the almost even split among teachers and staff we shouldn’t be surprised that the majority of 3rd and 5th graders did not vote for “Love.”

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  1. Don’t blame me. I voted for Schooly McSchoolface!

    Comment by Rod — January 18, 2019 @ 6:47 am

  2. A possible explanation for 4th and 5th graders vote. Identity. If you have been going to going to a school for five or more years you begin to identify what that school name. Given a choice, they would prefer to keep their identity.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — January 18, 2019 @ 7:53 am

    • Or that students become more mature as they progress thru school. They begin to realize what a colossal waste of time and resources this issue is. When I was in 4th grade, I was giving presentations on the Gemini space program. [Escape velocity.]

      Comment by vigi — January 18, 2019 @ 9:54 am

      • Whoever said yesterday that vigi would “oppose ice cream if given the chance” was absolutely spot on.

        Comment by Jason B — January 18, 2019 @ 10:28 am

  3. I’m disappointed that my family legacy still will not get the respect it deserves 😔

    Comment by S. McSchoolface Jr. — January 18, 2019 @ 9:05 am

  4. What saddens me about this process is this blog’s inability to provide me an option to quickly like, heart, thumbs up, or crying while laughing emoji the Schooly McSchoolface comments.

    Comment by BMac — January 18, 2019 @ 11:04 am

    • you showed nice restraint not making a tony daysog comment based on the vote tallies above

      Comment by MP — January 18, 2019 @ 2:35 pm

  5. Question for New Yorkers or anyone who knows: why does New York have names like PS 005? Lack of hundreds of awesome people whose names can stand the test of time? Avoidance of naming controversies? Something else?

    Comment by MP — January 18, 2019 @ 2:32 pm

  6. In response to #2: That “identity” theory is an understandable explanation, but it was 3rd and 5th graders. Why did majority of 4th graders choose Love?

    It could be teacher influence. There are a lot of possible reasons.

    The best way, in my humble opinion, to find out what students think is to ask them. I hope adults can facilitate processes for students to continue to learn about Henry H. Haight and the experiences of those he oppressed, and also continued learner-centered community engagement, like essay, poetry, and art contests related to the renaming topic.

    I do also look forward to learning more from the teachers about their experience in this process and hear their opinions directly, publicly.

    Comment by RAsheed ☥ Shabazz (@Rasheed_Shabazz) — January 22, 2019 @ 1:30 pm

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