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7%? What needs to be fixed?

Only 7% of Detroit Public-School 8th Graders Proficient in Reading


Asked by QuinnMae at 9:48 AM on Dec. 12, 2012 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Those are sad, sad numbers. While there can be blame placed on the parents, the school funding issues, the students, and numerous other things, I think the biggest factor here is the teacher. If a teacher is truly motivated to teach, s/he will find a way to teach to the students, whether there is a white board, carpet, overhead, individual iPads, etc available, or not. Now, when the teacher is more concerned with not doing one second of work that his/her contract does not directly provide for, that is when you run into problems such as this. Obviously, the teachers unions in MI are not working out, and they really really need to go to merit pay, instead of negotiating contracts for every teacher regardless of how well they teach (or don't!).

    Answer by 29again at 11:37 AM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • It starts in K. You have to have teachers that excite the kids and get them wanting to learn. If they can get them excited then it will progress. They need to show them the possibilities of a future off of welfare. Then the teachers after have to keep that excitement up. But they are beaten down after seeing many kids pass thru their classes not caring about their futures.

    Unfortunately we are now seeing a generation of parents in the area that are living on welfare and don't try to better theirselves. (NOT true for everyone!) This attitude passes on to their kids. The kids see that mom/dad are doing fine without an education and don't see why they need one. The word fine is debatable but it's what they know so to them they're ok.

    Answer by baconbits at 10:56 AM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • probably b/c Detroit is not an ideal location for learning...from what ive seen on the news, i wouldnt want to live there. if a kid doesnt have his basic needs met (safety, food, warmth) then learning really doesnt matter.most kids arent able to realize that learning is one of the few ways to get of a crappy area. i can think of very few teachers who want to teach in an area like that.

    when ya look at 29's map it makes even more sense. notice how the green & orange spots are grouped together...probably in better areas of town.

    Answer by okmanders at 12:57 PM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • root of the problem is the government cutting a lot of funding from schools so its hard for them to get proper learning toolsa dn the other problem is lazy ass parents.

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 9:54 AM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • Teacher more worried about the union dealing than their students.
    If a child wants to learn, he or she can learn with or without parental involvement. Yes, having a parent pushing you and involed caring about their education helps a lot.
    It's the dromatics of the school - all parents, students and teachers...

    Answer by SassySue123 at 10:34 AM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • That is so sad.

    Answer by mommy_jules at 11:07 AM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • Going to school in Detroit is tough, the Teachers Union is tougher. I was so pissed when found out that the teachers cancelled school so they could go to the capital so they could show their dismay to our Governor. And so of course being in the Union, they could do that cause it was "their right." I for one am glad our state is now a RTW state. Will this bust the Unions? No it will not. Will this weaken their power and hit the pocketbook? Damn straight it will. But if you all think the teachers in Detroit are failing the kids, Flint is worse.

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 11:04 PM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • Students can learn to read with almost no money. I think it boils down to parental responsibility. Why aren't the parents involved in the education? Why are they okay with only 7% of students proficient in reading?

    Answer by missanc at 10:28 AM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • 12 & 13 yr olds could go to the best school in the counrty, if the student does not want to learn - he / she will not learn.

    Answer by SassySue123 at 10:37 AM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • Parents don't care, why should the school?

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:00 AM on Dec. 12, 2012