"Change is the order of the Universe." (John Robinson)
While public school systems address societal changes, we must keep in mind that we are not in business to attack, belittle or demean our constituents, and this is true whether those constituents are from majority groups or from minority groups.
"Should team mascots be culturally sensitive?"
Well, of course they should.
If we educators are not culturally sensitive, we risk becoming irrelevant tyrants, forcing our own belief systems upon the rest of the population.
One problem with doing that, of course, is that ultimately, we are all minorities. Or at the least, we all could become minorities rather quickly.
Consider the dynamics of shifting power centers: Religions, political parties and competing philosophical movements do become the purveyors of the popular myths and opinions that, if unchecked, could undermine individual freedoms -- yours and mine. Schools have an obligation to maintain proper perspectives and balance, and to distinguish between protecting freedoms and projecting a cultural bias against legitimate minorities.
This means that school mascots should be reviewed, along with all the other aspects of education that are being upgraded as a part of ongoing "school reforms."
My former biology teacher John Robinson used to say, "Change is the order of the universe."
Let's make certain that the changes we make are positive, and that we show others the same degree of respect as we expect for ourselves and for our own children.
-- FRANK E. LOCKWOOD (Senior), Richland