Friday, March 18, 2011
Barack H. Obama Elementary School....closed
An elementary school in New Jersey has to close its doors due to low enrollment even though its name has been changed from Bangs Avenue Elementary School (!) to Barack H. Obama Elementary School. Here's a part of the article from THIS source:
At the time that the school acquired its new name, administrators took a lot of flak for ostensibly focusing on the name change instead of the plight of its students. But the city resident behind the movement, Myra Campbell, believed it would "send a subliminal message" to the students.
"Every time they walk through the school doors, there's going to be a certain amount of pride in where they go to school," Campbell told the Star-Ledger in 2009 (Z: you ought to read this link, too, it's . "We now move forward in trying what we can to improve the academic skills of the students and also the social skills." At the time, another New Jersey school had already been renamed after the president.
Okaaaaay....the students would have more "pride" if they walked through the doors of Barack H. Obama Elementary School? And Myra Campbell got her wishes?
Imagine that they didn't realize they'd have low enrollment but spent the money in 2009 to change the marquees, stationery, etc etc., to reflect the school's new name....so "a certain amount of pride" would be felt by elementary school kids because Obama's name is on the school??? No demographic studies? Don't schools know who's in the area? Also, the link from the Star-Ledger above says "Campbell, who lives a half-block from the school and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, said Obama is a role model for Bangs Avenue School students and their families, many of whom are poor."