Thursday, December 14, 2006
The Old Guard Needs To Go by Akindele Akinyemi
Detroit is the most backwards place to live anywhere in Michigan.
Instead of grooming young adults in the Detroit Public School System to become the Chief Executive Officer of the District we would rather bring back David Snead.
Regardless of his views on charter schools or educational choice why would you bring back someone from the past? What about supporting and grooming young people like myself for leadership?
Black people in this city dwell too much on the past. Bring back Snead to lead the district.
Coleman A Young II for State Representative in hopes to bring back the old memories of his father.
Lelands, Lemmons, Cheeks-Kilpatricks, etc. we love the past so much that we are afraid of the future.
We love failure and we love letting our young people down. It does not make any sense to keeping old people in power when there are young people ready to take over the helm of things in a troubled school district.
The young adults are so frustrated with leadership in DPS they pack their bags and move to the suburbs with white people. Not only they are paid better but are treated better.
How come Black people must continue to have a crabs in a barrel mentality with each other when White people and other races actually want to get the job done academically with their children?
You see, the old guard in the DPS school district do not understand this point. A open community is reflected upon based on the educational community. If children are skipping school and have a dead mentality in the classroom they will reflect this behavior in the community in which they live in.
DPS is dead because you have dead mentalities running the school district. Give young people a chance to show their stuff instead of recycling old people for leadership. You will never in a million years revitalize the school district with the old guard leading it. This is the principal reason why Detroit is a laughing stock in this state.
My advice to young adults in DPS seeking educational leadership: Join our movement as we begin to build our OWN charters to give you the first hand opportunity to lead. Period.