Detroit students protest missing teachers, easy A’s

Detroit high school students walked out to protest absent teachers and the principal’s removal at an all-boys public school, reports the Detroit Free Press. Fifty students were suspended.

As recently as last month, students spent weeks passing time in the gym, library or cafeteria due to a lack of teachers, parents said.

. . . “Theyre failing these young black men,” said Sharise Smith, who has two sons at Douglass.Smith said her son received an A in geometry during the first semester without taking a final exam.”It was by default, just for showing up. It wasnt because he earned an A,” Smith said.

Students chanted, “We want an education.”

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  1. Richard Nieporent says:

    ‘Please, sir, I want some more education.’

    The teacher was a fat, healthy man; but he turned very pale. He gazed in stupified astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds, and then clung for support to the copper. The assistants were paralysed with wonder; the boys with fear.

    ‘What!’ said the teach at length, in a faint voice.

    ‘Please, sir,’ replied the Frederick Douglass Academy schoolboy, ‘I want some more education.’

    The teacher aimed a blow at the boy’s head; pinioned him in his arm; and shrieked aloud for the Principal.

    The board were sitting in solemn conclave, when Mr. Bumble rushed into the room in great excitement, and addressing the gentleman in the high chair, said,
    ‘Mr. Limbkins, I beg your pardon, sir! The Frederick Douglass Academy schoolboy has asked for more education!’

    There was a general start. Horror was depicted on every countenance.

    ‘For MORE!’ said Mr. Limbkins. ‘Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly. Do I understand that he asked for more, after he had received the lesson allotted by the school?’

    ‘He did, sir,’ replied Bumble.

    ‘That boy will be suspended,’ said the Principal in the white waistcoat. ‘I know that boy will be suspended.’

  2. Hmm…. Why was there an unusual number of teachers that were absent? And, why was the principal removed? Just some things that I’m curious about.

  3. No specifics but the DPS is under the management of an emergency financial manager appointed by the state after the DPS spent itself into a great, big financial hole.

    Superfluous schools are being closed that the board kept open due to political pressure and a lack of a sense of responsibility for the tax money the district’s gotten. Since that’s in the process of changing I can see other changes being kicked off.

    For instance, teachers unsure of continued employment might easily decide to use a bunch of banked sick days.

    Also, and I’m pulling this from memory, Sean Vann, founder and first principal Fredrick Douglass has been a pain in the rear for the school board. Taking advantage of his illness, the board might have used the opportunity to whip a troublesome school into line by getting rid of Vann.