View Full Version : An Epic Failure: Detroit Public Schools

02-10-2011, 11:48 AM
Few school districts in America rival the dire condition of Detroit Public Schools: staggering dropout rates, functionally-illiterate high school graduates, a dysfunctional school board and a sea of red ink.

Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb has been trying to fix the city’s public schools which are historically awful. At times, it seems that he is the only one trying to fix a school system that is failing its students.

The Detroit Federation of Teachers has consistently called for Bobb’s removal. The radical socialist group, By Any Means Necessary, makes every effort to stir up racial division and strife. One of BAMN’s leaders was nearly elected president of the teachers union, which shows how radical the union has become.

Watch ‘An Epic Failure: Detroit Part 1’ and ‘Part 2’ – Episodes 4 and 5 – “Kids Aren’t Cars.”



While making of this film series, we met a recent graduate of Detroit Public Schools who couldn't read. Sadly, he blamed himself. But we know that a whole lot of adults are to blame, too. There were dozens of teachers and administrators who moved him down the assembly line, and were happy to hand him a worthless diploma after he reached the end of the line. All the while, the adults collected their paychecks, enjoyed their generous benefit packages and took comfort knowing that tenure would keep them secure in their jobs.


02-10-2011, 11:52 PM
I've been watching their failure for almost 24 years now. I feel badly for Robert Bobb, and for some of the better teachers who keep trying. Years of corrupt schoolboards, a teacher's union that are masters at manipulating the parents, and a good number of parents who don't care about their kids' educations are at the top of the list of problems that have nothing to do with the economy.

The magnet schools are still good, but kids have to pass a test to get into them. DPS does special education fairly well, because they are a large enough district that they can offer classrooms for very specific needs and they don't have to put kids with slight autism in the same classroom as those who are severely autistic, for example.

02-11-2011, 09:59 AM
Mississippi has always ranked 48th or 50th or even 51st among the public school systems. We hear about it a lot, too. Our kids flunk the test.
But our graduation rate of 62% is not last. That honor belongs in some surprising places: Tennessee, 60%; Georgia, 54%; Nevada 58%; Wash DC, 59%; Florida; Arizona;....Anyway, you get the idea.

But Detroit reports about a 25% graduation rate. About the same as Los Angeles.

Hell.....at least our kids are there in school to flunk the test! Their kids aren't even there!:)