A Detroit News story today about an effort to reform a Detroit Public School caught my eye. The story was about Osborn High School, where only 4 percent of students passed the math and writing portions of the Michigan merit exam last year.
Did you know what the graduation rate in Detroit Public Schools is? 37.5 percent! The lowest in the country.
For God’s sake. I thought Cleveland was abominable with 52 percent. It is abominable! Do you know how many students are enrolled in Cleveland Public Schools? 50,000!
How did our city schools become such a shameful disgrace? Oh that’s right, all the white people, and even some of the middle-class black people, moved to the suburbs and left all the poor kids behind.
I do not understand this. How can we continue to let generations of children fall between the cracks?
How did we become a society where the prevailing attitude is ‘as long as my kid is ok, all the others be damned?’
These drop outs, this deplorable state we’ve allowed our inner-city schools to digress to, will haunt Cleveland and Detroit.
One day when one of those privileged kids, who went to school in one of the state’s best districts–a stone’s throw from the miserable conditions in Cleveland–whose school has a lacrosse program and 35 AP classes, is going to take a wrong turn and wind up on a street corner with a desperate kid who can’t read and can’t pay his bills.
And it will be splashed all over the headlines and people will wonder how someone could be so cold.