Good points +Craig LeRoi-Schmidt
! One thing, too, is that students need to want
to learn! In a suburban setting or in the better public schools this is not as much of a problem, but one issue we have here in a city like Detroit (we live in the 'burbs BTW), many of the kids don't even want to be there. They would rather be out on the streets hangin' with their homies.
My better half works for a foundation that runs detention rooms inside of schools, where the students are sent to them to do their lessons and other work, rather than be sent home on suspension (which to these kids, is like a reward--they'd rather have the day off from school). Some of them are so ill behaved and can't focus that it's difficult to keep them on task and maintain order. Granted, these rooms deal with only the "bad" 10% of students, but it makes you wonder how the rest are doing.
A lot of those students don't want to be in school. And schools like these are so poor that they don't have the means to add more teachers or educational programs. Other students, unfortunately, have learning disabilities, but are mainstreamed and can barely function. We're talking about someone who's in fifth or sixth grade that can't even understand or spell words that my own daughter learned in Kindergarten such as "who", "what", "where", etc.. (Yet, a couple of them are very bright in other ways.) It's that bad! Detroit Public Schools, and the county, do not have the money or facilities to deal with special needs students. I hate to think how many of these special needs students are pushed out of the school system and out onto the streets when they turn 18--to the schools, it seems like their role for them is "babysitter" and they're society's problem once they leave 12th grade. And DPS, if I remember correctly, is on its third
emergency financial manager, as it has been such a trainwreck that nobody has been able to fully straighten it out. Not that the city itself has done any better. ;)