As a nation, we're nibbling around the edges with accountability measures and other reforms, but we're ignoring the immutable core issue: much of white and wealthy America is perfectly happy with segregated schools and inequity in funding.
Issue framing ranks among the more powerful weapons of political theatre. That weapon--of how to present an issue in a way that's most advantageous fo...
One of the duties of government is to protect citizens when they cannot protect themselves. Parental obligation is dependent on the trust of government to share their concern over child safety and development.
Since 1999, the state has been "taking over" Detroit Public Schools. Since 2009, Detroit's schools have been subject to a stream of emergency managers who move in for just under 18 months, do not answer to voters, and can basically do what they want without consequence.
Mr. Earley, you accuse us of drowning out the voices of our students. You stated we are "using students as pawns to advance a political position." You have it backwards. The recent action of teachers is not an attempt to drown out the voices of the students. It is an attempt to finally make their voices heard.
Danny Brown has become one the great success stories coming from our hip-hop scene here in Detroit. Always staying true to himself, he's been able to carve out his own lane in the music industry and show the world exactly who he is.
With my retirement on June 30 barely a heartbeat away, it is, as the hash-tag says, getting real. Each day has the tinge of poignancy, of last times...
June 5, 2015. Later today I will attend one of over two dozen, year-end, in-school galas that are underway in InsideOut schools across Detroit. Each year at this time, iO students' eyes light up as they gather in their school cafeterias or auditoriums or libraries to open their beautiful books and find their words and their names for the first time.
With the future of our students at risk, it's time to finally hold our charter school authorizers accountable for the public education they are providing our children.
I hope our leaders can, as iO's mission states, "think broadly" enough to let go of rigid, behaviorist notions of what education means. I hope they will heed the many stories like this one that prove the dramatic, turn-around impact of the arts on "under-performing" schools.
You would be hard-pressed to find data that show less money in education leads to better results, but you can easily find people who complain that we spend too much on education.
The cultural calendar in Detroit moves so fast these days, it seems a long time already that I enjoyed the Cinetopia Film Festival here in town. But it was only one week ago!
Despite the call for "all deliberate speed," generations later, we are still waiting. In urban areas especially, a high-quality education remains out of reach for too many low-income and working class students. But there is hope.
We're past the halfway mark, but happy Poetry Month, anyway. It's still April after all. And while taxes (for most of us) are done, poetry is still going strong.
African American poets gave a glimpse into what W.E.B. Dubois famously identified as 'The Souls of Black Folks.' Our students honored their poetic forbears which was also a manifesto about the importance of poetry in young people's lives.
Weeks of hard work, revision and practice have gone into creating a blockbuster group poem of Detroit pride, affirmation, social critique -- a manifesto of youthful determination and hope for a better future, no matter what.