I hope that you have seen the news coverage about the appalling conditions in the Detroit city teachers are dealing with in their schools. It’s horrifying that any city would allow its schools to fall into such disrepair…and to ask professionals to work in those conditions…and most shocking of all, to expect parents to send their precious children there to learn.
I love this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” What uplifts humanity more than teaching our children how to be good citizens, to use and develop their gifts, and reach their potential?
As teachers, we are always looking for ways to bring excellence to our students. But no amount of testing, curriculum, technology, or training can make up for working in substandard, dangerous conditions. Teachers cannot be expected to teach, and students should certainly not be expected to thrive. Where is the dignity in working in an infested building with warped floors, leaking ceilings, mold, mushrooms? Of course, not all the schools are in this conditions, but even just one is unacceptable!
Let’s stand together with our fellow teachers who are dedicating their time, energy, and health to teaching children. Let’s stand with the children of Detroit in demanding a school doesn’t provide hazards to their safety. This city, these citizens, especially the children deserve so much more.
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