I was struck by the amazing irony of the two lead stories on the front page of The News-Review's Friday edition.
The first details that the Roseburg school district may be financially devastated by an unexpected, dramatic decrease in enrollment. It seems that many parents are now opting to home school their children, probably as a result of the COVID-19 lockout, but maybe also due to the poor quality of education currently offered by public schools. Evidence of the latter was also present in your newspaper in an article that claimed the Oregon Dept. of Education is planning to change mathematics curricula to end racism. They believe that mathematics is not objective and is an extension of white supremacy, because it is not important to get a correct answer; go figure.
On your front page was another article describing how the head of the Roseburg School Board is concerned about the school mascot because “the country was made great through the genocides of Indians and the enslavement of blacks.” Someone should inform Mr. Johnson that enrollment is plummeting and his focus on the sports teams mascot issue is, at best, superfluous. If the system runs out of money and students, there will be no sports, hence no need for a mascot. On another note, I wasn’t aware that there was ever any slavery of black people in Oregon. Perhaps Mr. Johnson is not suited for his position, it seems that it’s time for him to move on. Perhaps instead of being used as a social justice platform, the Roseburg schools should be properly instructing their students in academics to prepare them for a life in an increasingly competitive world.