by Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida and Jonathan Butcher
July 03, 2007
The names that school boards give to public schools can both reflect and shape civic values. It is increasingly rare for public schools to be named after presidents – or people, in general – and increasingly common to name schools after natural features. This shift from naming schools after people worthy of emulation to naming schools after hills, trees, or animals raises questions about the civic mission of public education and the role that school names may play in that civic mission.