Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Condition Of Public Education For Black Kids In Detroit

Black Education By Dr Walter Williams

The facts presented by Dr Walter Williams about the conditions of education in the Detroit Public Schools trigger anger and shame within me.  With a 3 out of 10 ranking in the GreatSchools.Net index it would take some serious convincing that had this rating web site been around during the height of segregation the rating would be any different.  At least at that time we could blame RACISM in which the administrators over the single school system parceled out money in favor of White schools, leaving Black one's to wither.  With favorable people in power over all of these institutions - this can no longer be the claim.

Today we are focusing upon the basic question of: Is the city of Detroit a viable and credible concern, able to deliver the basic government services to their constituents?  

The silence around this issue proves what I have said several times:  The universe of the Black political activist has doubled back upon itself.  Those who had a "chasing" disposition in pursuit of their fix find themselves having "won" the seats that they had agitated for and it is clear that they were not prepared to MANAGE the institutions that they now preside over.

What does one do when they actually "win" yet don't have a base that ultimately holds them accountable?   CHASE YET AGAIN!!   They will no doubt make demands upon the state of Michigan and the Federal government, arguing that ultimately it is the state's responsibility for education within the state.  This is a true statement.  Unfortunately it is also true that when a city receives a "charter" the state franchises the operation of the schools to this local entity.  While we will hear those who advocate for Detroit in the state legislature for them to own up to their responsibility I assure you that these same forces will RESIST an all out state take over of these failed institutions.  The same threat that was beaten back several years ago.

QUESTION: Has anyone LOST THEIR JOB or been voted out of office over all of this?

Please don't tell me that people are voting for their best interests.

Dr Williams' article (hat tip - Booker Rising)
Detroit's (predominantly black) public schools are the worst in the nation and it takes some doing to be worse than Washington, D.C. Only 3 percent of Detroit's fourth-graders scored proficient on the most recent National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test, sometimes called "The Nation's Report Card." Twenty-eight percent scored basic and 69 percent below basic. "Below basic" is the NAEP category when students are unable to demonstrate even partial mastery of knowledge and skills fundamental for proficient work at their grade level. It's the same story for Detroit's eighth-graders. Four percent scored proficient, 18 percent basic and 77 percent below basic.

Michael Casserly, executive director of the D.C.-based Council on Great City Schools, in an article appearing in Crain's Detroit Business, (12/8/09) titled, "Detroit's Public Schools Post Worst Scores on Record in National Assessment," said, "There is no jurisdiction of any kind, at any level, at any time in the 30-year history of NAEP that has ever registered such low numbers." The academic performance of black students in other large cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles is not much better than Detroit and Washington.

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