Richard Roeper thinks it’s “ridiculous” that the school board in Hempstead, New York, has voted unanimously to change the name of Ludlum Elementary School to Obama Elementary.
Eriz Zorn disagrees. “Normally I’m an advocate for the Hall of Fame rule – that we wait five years after a famous person retires, leaves office or dies before naming anything after him. But this is not a normal situation. Obama has already, inarguably, become one of the most famous, important Chicagoans of all time.”
But enough about us. What do the folks in New York think?
“Um… shouldn’t we wait a bit before we start renaming things after Obama. Its like naming your school Eliot Spitzer elementary school after he got elected governor,” says one commenter on Gothamist.
“Could you imagine a school doing this for Richard Nixon in 1972? You might want to wait there, kids, just in case,” says another.
The change is effective immediately, Newsday reports, even though new signs aren’t ready yet.
And this is just the start.
“The Clear Stream Avenue School in Valley Stream, N.Y., also on Long Island, will consider a renaming resolution in December,” AP reports. “Students at the Clark K-8 At Binnsmead school in Portland, Ore., are seeking to rename it after Obama. And the prime minister of the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has said he wants its Boggy Peak renamed Mount Obama.”
“We wonder why our children do not know our local histories, because many of us don’t know it to teach it and in this rush to teach to the test mentality very few schools teach anything about local history,” Glass City Jungle says in “Throwing Dr. Ludlum Under The Bus.”
“Most elementary school students would look at the picture of Dr. Charles Ludlum and think he’s not cool, especially compared to Barack Obama, but when you do just a small amount of digging on the internet, without the Ludlum Family that part of New York may have well been very different.”