"Our reluctance to name schools after public figures means we fail to provide children with models of civic virtue," Mr. Greene said. "But to provide this kind of instruction effectively, you have to take a stand. Some issues and some people are important, and that must be acknowledged."
"It's easier to choose a name that doesn't offend anyone. What we name our schools reflects and shapes our values, however, and part of the civic mission of public education is to provide future citizens with models of civic behavior they can imitate and learn from," Mr. Greene said.