Here is your opportunity to share your own comments on the proposed Monroe School Name Change.
We honor James Monroe by placing his name upon our school not because he owned slaves. No one of sound mind would consider such. We do so to honor his sacrifices and leadership to our nation. It’s inconceivable that his namesake was decided upon for any other reason lest we are to believe that those responsible were far less sound of mind than we. At no point in our history am I aware of slavery being honored. Yes, it was practiced, but not honored. Just as today we practice things such as abortion, but never honor it. Neither James Monroe nor any of us today deserve being judged and being wiped from the face of history by generations not of our time and circumstances. It is the job of history and the teaching thereof to provide the context and circumstance to which generations are exposed, lest we are all doomed to an unfair judgment and historical annihilation. Jeff Tressler Monroe Class of 1968