Abandoned Detroit Public Schools
"People tend to have a visceral reaction to the sight of books piled ten feet high and left to rot in a windowless warehouse or strewn about a classroom floor. They seem to have more sympathy for books than for the children who’ll never have the chance to use them. Half of Detroiters cannot even read. Unemployment is above 20 percent and our streets are filled with hopeless people. When I see schools left like this, I know exactly what waits for many of these kids. I see it every day on the streets." [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Jun 6, 2010 -
What "No Child Left Behind" Really Means
"There, buried deep within the law's 670 pages, is a provision requiring public secondary schools to provide military recruiters not only with access to facilities, but also with contact information for every student -- or face a cutoff of all federal aid."
Read that again slowly, No Child Left Behind is actually a military recruitment program. Backed up with an inverse extortion threat.
posted by fenriq
on Dec 1, 2004 -
Focus Concern on Schools in Six States
I had recenbtly read that when alerts are issued, Bush support moves up. Now we have this alert based on info from a captured terrorist in Iraq. Our govt, we are told, downloaded building plans for a number of public schools. Alas: the material according to the article was found in the Summer--School begins around Labor Day...and now the alert is made?
posted by Postroad
on Oct 7, 2004 -
Southern public schools
are becoming segregated again, but not through governmental regulation this time, but through the free will of white teachers who are fleeing all black schools, and relaxed bussing laws that are no longer forcing mixed race students to intermingle. A disturbing step backwards, and one that doesn't trend better in the foreseeable future.
posted by jonson
on Jan 12, 2003 -
Is there any hope for our public schools?
Despite the HUGE influx of spending students in this district do worse every year. teachers have been saying
it all along. Without parental support there is only so much a school can do. Very depressing.
posted by keithl
on May 18, 2001 -