Posted By LambChop
"You should be spending your money, time and attention not on changing mascots but on educational matters. These names were not meant to be offensive. They were meant as a rallying cry to bring students together." - Joe Koch, a 1968 Lamar graduate.
HISD is notorious. While they tout a few star schools (mostly charter schools in suburbs) reports have shown that HISD at least 22 schools are “drop out factories” http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/baytown-news/article/42-Houston-area-schools-dropout-factories-1822745.php; they have been accused of allowing students to cheat so that they will graduate, http://www.khou.com/news/investigative/ITeamGradLab-214802531.html; and lead much of the nation in campus crimes like rape and gunshot wounds (more than 4,900 arrests made in 2011 according to HPD).
Schools like Westbury High School and Hamilton Middle School consistently flunk Annual Year Reports (AYP) in student reading and math skills.
The School Board cannot be bothered with issues like academic standards, dropout or college attendance rates, safety or budget, but instead are focused on identity politics. So in a bizarre move, the HISD board voted to ban the use of certain mascot names deemed “ culturally insensitive.” This will force the Lamar High School Redskins, the Hamilton Middle School Indians, Welch Middle School Warriors and Westbury High School Rebels to change the name.
Ironically Westbury High School Rebels students are only 3.4% white – the rest of the students are minorities (44% are black and 46% are Hispanic). Perhaps their lack of knowledge of U.S. history and the Civil War clouded the fact that they have been offended and discriminated against for decades with their hurtful mascot name.