Cutting the feds out of education and shifting authority to the states will only expedite the process of establishing a two track public education system in America: one for haves and one for have-nots.
I didn't go to Cass Tech. Let me just start by saying that. But I did grow up in Detroit, and I have always been a Detroit booster. Therefore, like so many Detroiters, I have felt steeped in Cass Tech "green and white" this past week.
Our public schools are resegregating, and many of the 73 percent of black students and 78 percent of Hispanic students who still attend predominantly segregated schools continue to suffer with tattered books, crumbling school facilities and too many teachers with low expectations for them.
The simplest solution and the key to stronger reading is to treat reading as practice. Teachers need to reduce the amount of time spent talking about the benefits of reading and allow students to sit down and read.
Not surprisingly, gaps in literacy lead to wholesale academic failure -- a pattern that repeats itself over generations. The conditions of poverty that beset families hinder literacy and academic growth; conversely, academic failure spawns more poverty -- and so on.
Now that we are coming to the end of National Bully Prevention month, now what? Bullies move on because it's easy for them; they have suffered no collateral damage, but the bullied sometimes never get the chance to.