Here is your opportunity to share your own comments on the proposed Monroe School Name Change.
Taking the name "Monroe" off that building is a disservice to the teachers, students & the greater West 7th community. This community is & always was a community of immigrants, I've always been proud of how different races & cultures came together & worked together for a common good of that old building. You won't change history by changing the name. I would hope the current community leaders, teachers & students will have a bigger & broader conversation about history than what I'm hearing now. Mike, class of 70.
If we ignore and try to change our History it will be repeated!! History will be erased and our young will not know the entire story both GOOD and BAD.. I cannot see one positive value in this for our History will be gone, and the name change will do nothing advantageous for any of us..
Why go down that rabbit hole! I believe there are so many more things to work on than changing the name of a school!!
What will this name change accomplish? It won't change the fact that Monroe owned slaves, many people did then. He also did many good things for the country, outlined on this webpage. You can't really rewrite history. If you don't know history, you are doomed to repeat the mistakes that have been made in the past. Monroe School is interwoven into the fabric of this neighborhood. My dad, born in 1915, even went to Monroe. As did many, many people in this close knit community. Pat (Tester) Weiser Class of 1965
Thankfully we have evolved over time so owning another person and considering them as a piece of property is no longer considered acceptable. But to try to erase history is a disservice to our young people. They need to know the whole picture-the good and the bad-so as adults they have the knowledge to evaluate and make good decisions. James Monroe owned slaves but was that the only thing he did? We need to look at "the rest of the story". Is changing the name really going to accomplish very much? Ginny (Vogel) Simek - Monroe class of 1960
I would ask, how will this change what Monroe did, nothing will change by removing his name from the school. I suggest it would be far better to add a meaningful lesson to the History curriculum emphasizing the actions we can take today to make sure slavery never raises its ugly head again. Our goal should be to make this a better world not destroy the one we have.
Personally, I am not a fan of rewriting history by using current standards to erase history from previous generations. Schools have an obligation to teach history with both the good and the bad about previous generations. History can teach us but not if we erase what we don't like about our past. Al Hanzal