Monday, September 11, 2006
Detroit Teacher Strike is A National Embarrassment by Akindele Akinyemi
The Detroit Public School teacher strike has become childish. I have spoken with BOTH Ruth Johnson and Sheriff Michael Bouchard and they even said it has gone too far.
While our children are suffering academic genocide in the school district by staying at home and doing nothing but watching TV we are still falling further behind the 8-ball. Again, this is the reason why we need to life the cap off charter schools and explore vouchers as an alternative to saving Black children from intellectual death.
I have been saying all along that the Detroit Public Schools should be shrunk down to size and the school board should be abolished and turned over to Wayne RESA. We can no longer manage the district and for those who are trying to save the district will fail because we have incompetent teachers who are crying for more money and cannot produce results in the classrooms.
I am urging legislators to stregthen the teacher strike law. I am also calling on legislators to break up the Detroit School District. This is not about Black people vs. White people. This is about saving our children and we need to do this by any means necessary.