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American Presidents And Other Vegetation In US Schools

by | 6th, July 2007

NAMING schools in America:

What’s in a Name? The Decline in The Civic Mission of School Names

* Of almost 3,000 public schools in Florida, five honor George Washington, compared with eleven named after manatees.
* In Minnesota, the naming of schools after presidents declined from 14 percent of schools built before 1956 to 3 percent of schools built in the last decade.
* In New Jersey, naming schools after people dropped from 45 percent of schools built before 1948 to 27 percent of schools built since 1988.
* In the last two decades, a public school built in Arizona was almost fifty times more likely to be named after such things as a mesa or a cactus than after a president.
* In Florida, nature names for schools increased from 19 percent of schools built before 1958 to 37 percent of schools built in the last decade.
* Similar patterns were observed in all seven states analyzed.
* Today, a majority of all public school districts nationwide do not have a single school named after a president.



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