S.L. School Board renames Jackson Elementary after NASA engineer

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  • Husker2 Aspen, CO
    Feb. 8, 2018 11:44 a.m.

    Let's stop naming schools after people and stick to the tried and true Utah tradition of bland geographic-inspired names:

    Timpanogos, Timpview, Sky View, Skyline, Ridgeview, Ridgeline, Northridge, etc. etc.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 7, 2018 5:15 p.m.

    A great example of local school governance being recognized by a local school board. Hopefully in naming this elementary school, a permanent plaque that explains and describes the origins of this wonderful person will be inscribed and placed in a prominent location at the school.

  • emleeno Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2018 3:43 p.m.

    Very cool. However, Jackson is not "the only school named after a woman in Salt Lake District." Our dear Dilworth Elementary School is named after Mary Jane Dilworth, definitely a woman, and a fine one at that. She may not have had a college degree, but that wasn't really the thing for a teenage girl in 1847. "Come children, we will begin now."

  • emleeno Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2018 3:14 p.m.

    Dear Principal Edward, and Salt Lake City School District, this is a lovely idea. Congratulations. However, Jackson is not "the only school named after a woman in Salt Lake District." Our dear Dilworth Elementary School is named after Mary Jane Dilworth, definitely a woman, and a fine one at that. She may not have had a college degree, but that wasn't really the thing for a teenage girl in 1847. "Come children, we will begin now."

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 7, 2018 10:13 a.m.

    Truman ended the war. Isn't the object (up until Vietnam, anyway) when you fight a war to actually win it? And it is the fault of the Japanese government that two had to be dropped because they should have surrendered on just the threat and especially after the first bomb was dropped. How many more years are we going to waste in Afghanistan fighting that war?

    Too bad that the people celebrating this are enamored with the fact that Ms. Jackson was a female black engineer. They certainly missed MLK's Dream that the time would come when people (his children were the ones he specifically mentioned) would no longer be judged by the color of their skin. Why do we insist on keeping that practice in place? Why aren't we all just "American's" and not "White Americans", "African Americans", "Native Americans", etc?

    The reasoning is flawed as it emphasizes a racist conclusion; what is wrong about saying the person was an engineer for NASA? Why even a 'female' engineer? Are we going to recognize the first female in everything except childbirth? That's a sexist approach, included with the racist reasoning.

    I'm OK with the change; but please use correct reasons! See the headline!

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 7, 2018 9:31 a.m.

    Brave Sir Robin - San Diego, CA

    Ironically, the same logic was applied by Jackson and Van Buren as more and more Native Americans were conspiring agains the US and it's citizens...valid or not valid could be debated to this date.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 7, 2018 9:04 a.m.

    @LivinLarge

    The decision to drop the bomb actually saved millions of lives, both American and Japanese. If we hadn't dropped the bomb and shocked Japan into surrender, there would have been a lengthy ground ward, punctuated by an allied invasion of Japan and a Normandy-style movement from town to town.

    Truman should be commended for making a decision that was right, but that he knew would be unpopular with people who only see things in a vacuum.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 7, 2018 8:36 a.m.

    The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is awarded annually at the UofU. Truman gave the orders to bomb both Nagasaki and Hiroshima resulting in the death of tens of thousands of innocents. Why does the UofU continue to give him praise through this prestigious scholarship award? Isn't this just as shameful as an elementary school named for Jackson?

  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    Feb. 7, 2018 8:11 a.m.

    President Andrew Jackson, Hero of the Battle of New Orleans.
    President of the Common man, took advantage of changes in voting laws eliminating the requirement to own land in order to vote he campaigned to the common man rather than the rich land owners and won in a landslide.

    Often blamed for the Trail of Tears, but while he did sign the Indian Removal act that lead to that sad event; the harsh removal of the Cherokee tribe that resulted in such suffering and death was by order of his successor President Martin Van Buren not Jackson.

    So let's just dump on a Former President of the United States because he gets blamed for something another President did.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 6, 2018 10:05 p.m.

    Political correctness run amok, trampling historic facts which are not in agreement with modern liberal dogma.

    Just like the Communist Party leaders, airbrushing Comrades no longer in favor out of photos.

    What next, rename Brigham City or BYU because Brigham Young was a polygamist which is now illegal?

    Our schools are truly indoctrination centers, not education institutions these days.