Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday Comes and Goes- Unnoticed at LHS?

An Unnoticed Day at Lincoln High School- Again?

I think that it's become a tradition at the alma mater to let opportunities for any gains in knowledge to slip through the fingers of those who try to assure us that our students are learning all that they can.

Lincoln High School, as the namesake of one of the greatest presidents in the history of this country, seems not to be able to make any progress in informing the students attending the school of any of the history of Lincoln.

I have come not to expect very much at these times that the students could become engaged in learning even a minimal amount of history from an abundance of sources.

A bit of celebration of the life of Lincoln might go a long way to instill a little knowledge and pride in the school. For many, I think the test scores have become the singular interest in their being and what really could do a bit to advance education and character simply falls by the wayside.

As usual, I have to add that, "I could be wrong." Maybe there is some focus on the life, times and accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln individually by some teachers, but the entire school is not involved in any common recognition as I determine from searching the LHS web site. There might be some large benefit with not much outlay of effort if each February there was a focus on this president. They have a year to try to do better in 2012.

I think that we have an easy job to find out so many things about this person in comparison to less prominent presidents and smaller figures in history that have high schools named after them.

I think that this blame falls to the leadership of a school. At Lincoln, it seems that the ills that plague the entire LAUSD operation are similarly present at the school where test scores, achievement measures and a number of theories have all the attention, along with so many efforts at recognizing "diversity."

It's all disappointing that these times come and go with little notice. Instead, there should be much, much more attention given to use this as an opportunity to involve students in some common theme especially directed to LHS as the district's high school uniquely bearing the name of Abraham Lincoln.


Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809.

President Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States.

He was assassinated on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play entitled Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre.

This was the first Presidential assassination in American history.

The first formal observance of his birthday took place in 1866, the year after his assassination, when both houses of Congress gathered for a memorial address. While Lincoln's Birthday did not become a federal holiday like George Washington's, it did become a legal holiday in several states.

-From http://www.calendar-updates.com/info/holidays/us/lincoln.aspx with links to other Lincoln sites.

Also on this site is the Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
Delivered at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg
November 19, 1863

MORE ABOUT LINCOLN FROM his place among the U.S. Presidents at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ below: