On June 23, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led 125,000 marchers in Detroit’s Walk to Freedom. It was known as the largest civil right demonstration to that date. After the march Martin Luther King spoke to the crowds, delivering a precursor to his famous I have a Dream speech. America has come far in the years since that speech, but it still has so very far to go. Especially in Detroit’s Public Schools. Right now in Detroit, teachers, students, and parents alike are angry. Detroit’s public schools are in deplorable conditions, and they are taking to social media to get the word out about what is going on in their schools.
That is not even half of the images one can find of the deplorable conditions in Detroit public schools by going to twitter and checking out the @teachDetroit account. My heart breaks for Detroit, and especially for it’s children. School is supposed to be a safe place to grow and learn, but what kind of education can a child be getting in these schools? No matter how amazing their teachers may be, how can a child learn when they are freezing cold in the winter and sweltering hot in the spring? How can they be expected to eat moldy bread for breakfast and then concentrate on the great lesson their teacher is attempting to present while water drips down on them and their computers? I spent time in 2001 teaching at an orphanage school in one of the poorest parts of Southern India. This is what their classrooms and school looked like:
The school in an orphanage in India was cleaner and in much better repair than those of Detroit Public Schools. It is appalling that the images coming from Detroit are coming from one of the richest countries in the world. There is an online petition for people to fill out to show solidarity with the teachers of Detroit. I ask that you please consider standing up for the children of Detroit, and sign the petition. Please also share this information with anyone you can.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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