By Thomas Martin Sobottke
From Struggles for Justice
August 24, 2010
“The time-honored ritual of children returning to school and adults to colleges and universities is as much a part of the seasons as it is ritual. There are exciting and important things going on in Detroit at the Boggs Center and with Detroit Summer, a year round program to work with kids and the development of intergenerational ties and community action in that troubled but hopeful city.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wants to dangle billions of dollars in front of cash-starved school systems around the nation and bring in business firms that may or may not have experience in turning schools around to charter new schools, fire whole teaching staffs, and get the nation moving in a “Race to the Top.” This whole effort is flawed because the government money is ultimately going to wind up in the pockets of corporate interests and not used toward helping real people get their kids educated. In Detroit and Chicago, teacher’s unions, teachers themselves, parents, and students, are resisting this lock-step approach to education and are envisioning something better.”
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