2 schools named af­ter eu­gen­ics ad­vo­cates to get new names

Imperial Valley Press - - OPINION -

School of­fi­cials in Palo Alto have unan­i­mously voted to re­name two mid­dle schools that bear the names of lead­ers in the eu­gen­ics move­ment.

The Mer­cury News re­ports the Palo Alto Uni­fied School Dis­trict Board of Ed­u­ca­tion voted Fri­day 5-0 to re­name Jor­dan Mid­dle School, which is named af­ter David Starr Jor­dan, and Ter­man Mid­dle School, which is named af­ter Lewis Ter­man.

Ter­man was a former Stan­ford psy­chol­o­gist and Jor­dan was an ac­com­plished sci­en­tist and Stan­ford’s found­ing pres­i­dent.

Both were mem­bers of the Hu­man Bet­ter­ment Foun­da­tion, a group that be­lieved the hu­man race could be im­proved through se­lec­tive re­pro­duc­tion in­clud­ing forced ster­il­iza­tion.

Pres­sure to change the schools’ names started af­ter a sev­enth-grade stu­dent at Jor­dan Mid­dle School wrote a book re­port on Jor­dan and shared what he had learned about the school’s name­sake.

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