What’s in a school name?
By BRENDA B. BAILEY | Thu, November 08, 2012 - 12:01 AM()
I am confused! Really, I am! There was a time when I knew the name of every school in Barbados. Now in my 40s, I hardly know them.
It seems that the Government of the day is bent on changing the name of every school, and I am finding it really hard to keep up with the name changes – both primary and secondary.
What I do not understand is why Government is changing the names of newer secondary schools, and not touching the older ones.
Is it because we consider these schools to be elite by name and nature? Is it because a name change will take away from the status we attach to these schools?
What about renaming Combermere after one of its well known heads. “Old boy Charlie Pilgrim” comes to mind. Or what about renaming The Foundation School after former principal Major Hugh Barker? And The Ada Straughn School could replace The Alexandra School.
But, no, it would be repulsive to think of rebranding these older educational institutions.
It seems we are still slaves of the past – even if it is just in our minds – and a society of social cliques and misguided intelligent people. Enough said!
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