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A school in Bristol, England, named after a 17th-century slave trader, is changing its name. The announcement was made after 75% of students and staff at Colston’s Girls’ School voted in favour of something different. Is it really necessary to change names and remove statues just because the people they commemorate did things that disgust us, even though they were viewed as acceptable in their own day? Or is there a big difference between understanding our history and celebrating the memory of those who do not deserve it?
This pack includes an article about the name change from The Week Junior newspaper, plus an activities sheet designed to get children thinking, writing and talking about what the story means to them.
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