School name changes are a distraction

Instead of improving classroom instruction, the San Francisco Unified School District until just last night was intent on erasing the names of 44 of its schools (“Who cancels Lincoln? A San Francisco school board official shows the idiocy,” New York Post, Feb. 10).  It justified the decision by engaging in gobbledygook that has nothing at all to do with its primary duty.

I view school name changes as pandering to activists who have their own agenda.  I doubt that students will receive a better education when the purge is over.  But it will appease a handful of extremists. I hope the district’s decision to reconsider renaming is permanent.

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