Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Detroit teachers have a tentative deal

Detroit teachers have a tentative deal

Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick managed to broker a deal early this morning, which could bring an end a 16-day old strike as early as Thurday.

On the noon news today, a couple of Detroit public school teachers were complaining that it was unfair that the Mayor got involved in this labor dispute. It's too bad that more of those teachers don't actually live in Detroit. If they did, they'd be in a better position to do something about who is in the Mayor's Office.

Of course, that would also mean that more of them would have to put their own kids into the Detroit Public Schools.

Anyway, now that the strike is essentially resolved, I believe it's time for all of the relevant parties to come together and come up with a plan to improve academic performance in our schools.

More than 90% of 7th-graders at Carver Elementary in Warrendale failed to meet the state's minimium standards for academic performance.

That is totally unacceptable. Furthermore, I argue that anyone would ignore, excuse or attempt to rationalize student performance like that doesn't deserve to call themselves a teacher.


Anonymous said...

Yeah. They teach here but they would never want their kids in D schools. I find it suspicious that Kwame just pops up out of nowhere to "save" the day. I still cant believe Hendrix lost. I'm black and I'm tired of this black power crap Kwame plays.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Maybe we should explore changing the parents and the culture if we want to see a change in education.

Recently an article was published in the Free Press, which at first glance would strike panic into the heart of a parent: "455 Schools Get Failing Grades". What it should have read was "455 Schools victimized by No Child Left Behind"

THe reality is that many schools on that list are great schools. Seaholm in Bloomfield Hills? The problem is Bush's critera for yearly annual improvement.

For example, if you are a school with MEAP scores in the upper ninety percentile, then according to the president's mandate, you must show improvement every year. Otherwise, you can receive a failing grade. Imagine getting a failing grade for not being able to go above ninety-seven percent.

And if you look at some of the other schools on that list, you'll see schools for the autistic and other academically challenged children. Imagine holding them to the same standards as the gifted and talent.

And of course you'll also find a healthy chunk of Republican beloved charter schools there, too.

So before you cast blame on the teachers, look at yourselves. The community must change.