On a daily basis, our kids and therefore our schools face an onslaught of challenges stemming from the ravishing effects of poverty and the culture of violence in the neighborhoods around them.
Qualitative measures like school appearance, safety and openness to parents and community are essential to any school becoming a neighborhood anchor and are also, quite measurable.
The state of education in Detroit continues to draw increasing attention, which is a good thing. However, the attention continues to focus on the negatives and the many positive solutions are relatively unnoticed.
What if 1% of the total cost of all local purchases we made was somehow pooled into a fund to be distributed to worthy community projects?
We know Detroit is full of people with small-scale projects and big ideas looking for connections. Now, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and a host of local media partners are going to make those connections easier.
We don't need to wait for physical displacement to happen before we address ways to make sure it doesn't. The media in Detroit has the opportunity to seize on changes happening here in order to emphasize racial and class-based diversity.