Thursday, September 03, 2009

Cosby was in Detroit ...

And, to be honest, I don't really know what to make of it. He was urging Detroiter's to put their kids into the city's public schools.

Certainly, begging kids to attend their school system is a novel approach, and I really have hope that the emergency financial manager of Detroit's schools, Robert Bob, can make the much needed changes. But ...

In recent years, the district has mismanaged its way to a $259 million deficit. Its graduation rate is among the lowest in the nation, the dropout rate among the highest.

While putting their kids into DPS may save the system from bankruptcy, what it may do for their kids isn't quite so rosy.

Do the public schools exist for the kids, or is it the other way around?