Monday, December 14, 2009

Jailing the DPS?

I posted last week about how students in the Detroit Public Schools had received the worst scores in history on a standardized national test designed to measure their academic progress.  In my opinion, this is a clear sign that there is something fundamentally wrong within the Detroit Public School system; something where everyone involved shares responsibility.

According to The Detroit News, however, my reaction is downright tame in comparison to the approximately 500 attendees of a rally downtown last Friday.  They report that several parents called for the jailing of various public school teachers in Detroit over these test results.

I believe that much of this is a certain amount of political grandstanding.  There is no legal way in which one could jail a teacher whose students produce the worst test scores in history on a national test any more than one could lawfully jail the Detroit Lions for their abysmal performance.

However, I believe that this rally serves as a gauge as to magnitude of the political firestorm that is brewing within Detroit.  I'm confident that we're going to see a lot more this in the coming days.

I simply hope that at least some of this eventually results in tangible improvements for our students in the Detroit Public Schools.

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