Friday, June 22, 2007

Why Is Mr. Badgett Misleading SW Detroit on Charters? By Akindele Akinyemi

As the DPS school board elections are right around the corner and Mr. Maurice Badgett will be stomping for DPS on Zug Island in SW Detroit I would like for our reading audience (for those who can read) to take a look at this:

Lowest to highest graduation rates in the nation's largest school districts:

Rate District Size rank

21.7 Detroit 11

53.7 New Orleans 48

68.4 Gwinnett County, Ga. 20

38.5 Baltimore City, Md. 30

53.8 Duval County, Fla. 19

68.6 Brevard County, Fla. 42

38.9 New York City 1

54.6 Clark County, Nev. 6

69.3 Fulton County, Ga. 45

43.1 Milwaukee 28

54.8 DeKalb County, Ga. 27

70.0 Hillsborough County, Fla. 10

43.8 Cleveland 44

55.1 Austin 37

70.2 Anne Arundel County, Md. 40

44.2 Los Angeles 2

55.2 Palm Beach County, Fla. 12

70.4 Cobb County, Ga. 26

45.3 Miami-Dade County, Fla. 4

55.5 Philadelphia 8

72.2 Granite, Utah 46

46.3 Dallas 13

56.0 Charlotte 23

82.5 Fairfax County, Va. 14

As you can see Detroit leads the pack with the lowest graduation rates in the country. Add that to a 47% functionally illiteracy rate and you begin to see why liberals controls Detroit on all levels. This is nothing more than a 21st century plantation.

And this is what people like Badgett wants you to stay on. A failing plantation full of thieves and criminals.

We should not even take him seriously on this issue of education. In 1975 it was good to be a DPS student (even though he did not attend a DPS High School but that's cool) but in 2007 people are seeking other alternatives.

Part of the main reason why people are seeking alternatives is because education is no longer just a Detroit thing. It is a global thing. I said a while back that DPS should close up to 60 schools, including Cooley, Cody and any other failing school that fosters violence, homosexuality and any other type of anti-educational values to misguide our children.

There has been a 71% decline in the education quality productivity index for the 34-year period in our school system up until SAT tests were revised in scoring methods and made less rigorous. Despite rapidly rising inflation-adjusted spending per student over this period SAT scores declined.

The best Mr. Badgett can say is:

Good Ole' Boys Voices
Pass the Word!!!!!!!!
"One Love!!!"

"NO New Charters in Detroit!!!!"

But he has not told his own SW Detroiters the facts.

Despite astronomical increases in spending, educational attainment levels have declined and are nothing short of criminal, especially in Detroit Public Schools. Our graduation rate statistics are meaningless because we have been graduating students from high school with grade school attainment levels. [Twelve years of schooling is not twelve years of Education]

The problem IS NOT insufficient money. It might even be too much money! Bigger schools do not improve education. I have heard lawmakers from Detroit talking about giving DPS more money to run their corrupt operation. They have no working knowledge on how education is supposed to run in the inner cities.

Instead of improving the system we have been dumbing down the requirements! Remedial education courses at our colleges and universities have been skyrocketing, because our secondary schools have failed to prepare students for college and the real world of work world. So schools that are doing "well" in DPS do not even stand up to independent institutions like Country Day and Cranbrook.

Private and charter schools, even in the big city ghettos, are providing better education at one half to one third the cost of the public school system.

But Mr. Badgett said:

"NO New Charters in Detroit!!!!"

In other words keep your ass on this failing plantation until further notice.

The major difference between public and private schools is the systems motivation and incentives. The public schools client/customer is the education system's bureaucracy. Public schools are designed and run to satisfy this establishment - not the parents. The private schools client/customer is the parents and everything is designed to satisfy them in order to attract students. Real competition with each other to provide high quality at a competitive cost.

Many parents (including the ones in his network) know the above statements are true. The system must be revised to provide for full parental choice and responsibility of parents for obtaining the best education possible for their children. The current situation is wasting our nation's resources, and more important it is cheating our children out of a world-class education and placing the nation's future at risk.

High school students in Japan, France, Germany spend more than twice as many hours studying math, history and science as US students. In these countries about half of all students take advanced examinations: a third pass. Only 6.6% of US students take advanced placement exams and 4.4% pass. Mr. Badgett claims that MEAP scores are on the rise in Detroit....proof?

Average days in school for the following countries: Japan 240 ,Korea 222,Taiwan 222, Israel 215, US 180. In addition, children who go to school overseas will experience a longer school day, they assign more homework and apply more discipline in the classroom. These items alone place U.S. youth at a significant competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace.

More than half of Detroit voters in a new One Choice poll (March 21-24, 2007) consider their school systems mediocre or a failure, while only one-fifth give schools good marks. The poll found dis-satisfaction running high among the well-educated, Black middle class voters. This is an ominous sign for public education, since well-educated Black people have long provided support for financing.

Among the key findings: 66% cited low academic standards, 67% overcrowded classrooms, 58% said lax discipline, 47% cite incompetent teachers, 33% cite incompetent principals, more than 20% cite incompetent administrators, cronyism and wasteful spending. 75% favor elimination of teacher tenure, 55% in favor of splitting large school districts into much smaller ones.

This recent poll sends one of many loud and clear messages: taxpayers want meaningful corrective action - - and of a type they accept - which requires a major re-structuring of our primary and secondary public education delivery system - from one end to the other - - not tinkering at the edges and more money or rationalizations. They have called the present system "mediocre and a failure", by a large margin.

But Mr. Badgett says:

"NO New Charters in Detroit!!!!"

Additionally, its interesting that 47% blame incompetent teachers in the above poll and 75% call for elimination of public school teacher tenures, while so many public school teachers send their own kids to private school for reasons of quality and discipline, yet few private schools offer tenure to their teachers.

Since Gov. Granholm is Mr. Badgett's girl then why is he ducking the following fact:

The growing number of children in the United States that get their education at home is about 1.2 million - - about the same as the total number of students in the New Jersey public school system. Most choose home-schooling out of academic frustration with poor public school quality and discipline problems, religious convictions, or safety concerns.

So why is Gov. Granholm trying to pull the plug on homeschooling?

And by the way Mr. Badgett did you know the U.S. has a 46 percent dropout rate from college (defined as not completing a degree within six years) giving it the second-highest dropout rate in the behind only Mexico?

A 2003 survey by the National Center for Education Statistics showed half of 5,000 college graduates- college graduates could not read or interpret a simple bus schedule. Forty-four percent could not determine the contrast in a newspaper article featuring two opposing views. Seven out of eight could not figure the cost of carpeting a room (even with a calculator).

I would like to see how many DPS students can read an actual bus schedule. Trust me most students who I get from DPS cannot even find Sudan, Nigeria or even Lansing on a map.

This year, the National Association of Scholars studied the 50 most selective colleges and reported that the portion of the graduation requirement devoted to core courses (literature, history, science, math, and foreign languages) had dropped significantly since 1964.

The latest figures show that almost all colleges and universities (98 percent) allow students to take remedial courses at the same time as college-level courses; some 23 percent give college-level credit for catch-up courses, thus providing the appearance - not the reality - of core courses.

Mr. Badgett I am asking you this question: Why are DPS high schools graduating those requiring remedial college courses?

I know you do not have ANY CONCRETE Answer for this important question. All you are saying is:

"NO New Charters in Detroit!!!!"

Isn' that the most silliest thing you have ever heard of? You cannot even give us a reason for not having new charters. NONE. What you will do is run off a list of people who support charters and that is your answer.

Finally, while you are stomping for DPS candidates on Zug Island in SW Detroit I would like to bring this to your attention.

53% of the money for public education is CONTROLLED by federal & state bureaucracies - immune from parental influence at the local school district level.

Spending on schooling in DPS has been rising all over the city. At the same time, the performance of students has been declining. Both are the common result of a shift of control from local communities to the states and from the states to the federal government. The farther the source of funds from the local community, the easier it is for a concentrated interest to exert political pressure, and the harder it is for the taxpayer to exercise effective control over how his money is spent.

The larger the school the greater the rate of crime, violence, discipline problems, absenteeism and tardiness. Large schools have 4 times rate of serious discipline problems than small schools: '38% of principals in large schools reported serious discipline problems compared with10% in small schools ----serious problem in schools with enrollments of more than 1,000 students.

We should be very happy to see those schools closing in Detroit.

Our children's future (and our city) is at risk: from grade 1 through college. And, the problem has ZERO to do with money (proof abounds there is too much spent today). Its the failed DPS delivery system and centralized control, with less control by parents and the good teachers, than ever before.

Furthermore Mr. Badgett expansion and centralization in DPS has increased costs and regulatory burdens, and diluted the prime objective of public schools: a quality education for the majority better than anywhere in the world, with the objective to produce graduates better qualified to meet today's challenges than their grandparents were prepared to meet those of their days - at the best per student cost to parents and society.

Mandating un-natural social engineering burdens on school boards and teachers further diluted quality achievement of the majority, just as quality & efficiency is diluted in the private sector when too many un-like objectives are mixed at the same location or within the same organization.

The prior influence of parents (and local school boards) concerning the quality of their children's education has been diminished, and quality factors have plummeted, compared to prior generations. No wonder many say today's parents are less involved than before.

A distinguished Nobel Laureate called it 'less quality than 35 years ago.' When a state's Governor (your girl) must call on volunteers to teach children to read, without calling for a complete restructuring of the current delivery system, we know real solutions are not in-process. Mostly we hear excuses, while standards of achievement are reduced and special interests fight 'on every corner' to maintain the status quo.

But Mr. Badgett keeps saying:

"NO New Charters in Detroit!!!!"

We do not need to listen to Zug Island rhetoric from Mr. Badgett. We need solutions from educational leadership and those who understand the education process in Detroit.

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