Student Reading in Detroit
This is from an email from a recently retired school teacher friend:
Most of you know that for 32 years I taught History and Government in the Detroit Public Schools.
My students would often ask me why they had to learn all this stuff, and why I constantly pushed them to read and write more, and why my grading standards were so much tougher than some of the other Social Studies
My answer was usually, "I don't know what job you will have someday, I don't
know what knowledge you will need to succeed in life, you might end up
flipping burgers at McDonald's, or you might be President of the United
States. I don't know what you might need to learn or what you will do for a
living, but I'm not going to take any chances, I'll just assume I'm training
you all for the top job."
The next question was always this, in every class, every semester, every
year I taught: "Mr. C****, do you really think an African-American is ever
going to be elected President?"
I always answered, "Maybe not in my lifetime, but certainly in yours."
WELL, I AM F****** ALIVE TODAY!