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    Detroit High School Protest: Students Suspended After Demanding 'An Education' (edite

    I wish this story would get more attention. This is an awesome display of motivated youths demanding they be educated. Those youths also happen to come from the black inner city of Detroit. Where's Al Shapton on this one? These kids need exposure. They need a voice larger than a back page story. This is the kind of stuff activists should get behind. Highlighting schools that fail their students. Highlighting absent fathers. These are the roots of the black community's struggles. If they tackle this stuff, I believe they would find a much more accepting and willing public arena to speak in when they set forth claims of racism and inequality. People like Al Sharpton, if they really want to help their race, should work on improving THEIR race and not everyone else's. You can't change the way people perceive you. But you can improve your perception of yourself. Bravo to these kids for taking an interest in their education when no one else would!
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    Re: What blacks should be protesting: Detroit high students revolt against staff

    having received a large part of my education in detroit public schools i can say these kids are right. Schools and teachers there dont give a damn.
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    Re: What blacks should be protesting: Detroit high students revolt against staff

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    I wish this story would get more attention. This is an awesome display of motivated youths demanding they be educated. Those youths also happen to come from the black inner city of Detroit. Where's Al Shapton on this one? These kids need exposure. They need a voice larger than a back page story. This is the kind of stuff activists should get behind. Highlighting schools that fail their students. Highlighting absent fathers. These are the roots of the black community's struggles. If they tackle this stuff, I believe they would find a much more accepting and willing public arena to speak in when they set forth claims of racism and inequality. People like Al Sharpton, if they really want to help their race, should work on improving THEIR race and not everyone else's. You can't change the way people perceive you. But you can improve your perception of yourself. Bravo to these kids for taking an interest in their education when no one else would!
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    I think it is getting proper attention. This story was all over my facebook feed (for those who actually use facebook). It's good that someone is standing up.
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    Re: What blacks should be protesting: Detroit high students revolt against staff

    Hmm - since it's a special school that they had to apply to gain entry - and considering that those entry-standards have lessened (to where new students don't even have to apply) - I dont' blame them.

    Is this an example of what might happen if everyone goes to private schools in the belief that they're superior by default?

    Overall - good for them and the parents who are showing concern - can't do anything without parental involvement, concern and support.
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    Re: What blacks should be protesting: Detroit high students revolt against staff

    Public schools are so hit or miss. My son went to a DOD school prior to the one he's in now and its night and day difference. DOD schools are so far advanced compared to public schools. I don't know why. The children come from all walks of life so its not a historical trend of good education. If someone could tell me why this is, please do. I'm going to guess that its the teachers being held to a higher standard. You can say its money all you want but its been proven time and again that money never fixes bad education. All the new schools, computers, etc in the world won't fix a bad teacher or principal.
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    Re: What blacks should be protesting: Detroit high students revolt against staff

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    Public schools are so hit or miss. My son went to a DOD school prior to the one he's in now and its night and day difference. DOD schools are so far advanced compared to public schools. I don't know why. The children come from all walks of life so its not a historical trend of good education. If someone could tell me why this is, please do. I'm going to guess that its the teachers being held to a higher standard. You can say its money all you want but its been proven time and again that money never fixes bad education. All the new schools, computers, etc in the world won't fix a bad teacher or principal.
    Parents are crucial at improvements and changes - when you ahve a failing school you have parents who aren't involved, instrument and who don't remotely give a **** in large numbers.

    It's not because the government runs education - it's because the parents are absent.
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    Re: What blacks should be protesting: Detroit high students revolt against staff

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Hmm - since it's a special school that they had to apply to gain entry - and considering that those entry-standards have lessened (to where new students don't even have to apply) - I dont' blame them.

    Is this an example of what might happen if everyone goes to private schools in the belief that they're superior by default?

    Overall - good for them and the parents who are showing concern - can't do anything without parental involvement, concern and support.
    Agreed. Good to see the parents involved as well.
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    Re: What blacks should be protesting: Detroit high students revolt against staff

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    I wish this story would get more attention. This is an awesome display of motivated youths demanding they be educated. Those youths also happen to come from the black inner city of Detroit. Where's Al Shapton on this one? These kids need exposure. They need a voice larger than a back page story. This is the kind of stuff activists should get behind. Highlighting schools that fail their students. Highlighting absent fathers. These are the roots of the black community's struggles. If they tackle this stuff, I believe they would find a much more accepting and willing public arena to speak in when they set forth claims of racism and inequality. People like Al Sharpton, if they really want to help their race, should work on improving THEIR race and not everyone else's. You can't change the way people perceive you. But you can improve your perception of yourself. Bravo to these kids for taking an interest in their education when no one else would!

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    While I agree with you on this, in general I don't really like the notion of people pretending to know that they know the problems of the black community- or any community for that matter. While there may be obvious problems, there are problems that no one talks about such as the historical, economic, and psychological affects of slavery. As well as the co-optation of the Civil Rights Movement. Please note that I am not saying that black people should just blame their problems on these things and not try to improve. I'm just saying that there are seriously deep problems in the black community that are much deeper than just chronic fatherlessness. We need to understand- truly understand- how black people got here in order for us to begin thinking of ways to solve our problems.

    On another note, I completely and totally agree that students should demand an education. High school students on up need to be flooding their Congressional representatives with letters demanding a quality education that prepares us for the future and to be intelligent, competitive and think outside the box in a globalized economy. If we can consistently find money for wars, subsidies to massive corporations, and bailouts for banks, than I think that we can find the money to invest in the intellectual infrastructure of our nation. Believe it or not, these kids are going to be leading the country one day and we should do everything in our power to make sure that we have the best and the brightest minds available to make sure that this nation succeeds.
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    Re: What blacks should be protesting: Detroit high students revolt against staff

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    I wish this story would get more attention. This is an awesome display of motivated youths demanding they be educated. Those youths also happen to come from the black inner city of Detroit. Where's Al Shapton on this one? These kids need exposure. They need a voice larger than a back page story. This is the kind of stuff activists should get behind. Highlighting schools that fail their students. Highlighting absent fathers. These are the roots of the black community's struggles. If they tackle this stuff, I believe they would find a much more accepting and willing public arena to speak in when they set forth claims of racism and inequality. People like Al Sharpton, if they really want to help their race, should work on improving THEIR race and not everyone else's. You can't change the way people perceive you. But you can improve your perception of yourself. Bravo to these kids for taking an interest in their education when no one else would!
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    Wow. That's just so awesome. It gives me chills. And you're right, where is their exposure? For something that's, uh, constructive??
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    Re: What blacks should be protesting: Detroit high students revolt against staff

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Parents are crucial at improvements and changes - when you ahve a failing school you have parents who aren't involved, instrument and who don't remotely give a **** in large numbers.

    It's not because the government runs education - it's because the parents are absent.
    I agree to an extent. But when you spend more time at school than at home, as all kids do, the quality of school can have a huge impact. A good after school program with a couple of teachers who give a crap could go a long way in these areas where the parents historically don't give a crap.
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