50 students at the all-boys Frederick Douglass Academy in Detriot, MI were suspended yesterday for walking out of their classes. They claimed to be fed up with the quality of their education: absent teachers, shortages of textbooks, and a failure to be taken seriously when asking for their school administration to be accountable to them.
“We’ve been wronged and disrespected and lied to and cheated. They didn’t listen to us when we complained to the administration. They didn’t listen to the parents when they complained to the administration, so I guess this is the only way to get things solved.”
According to one parent, Sharise Smith, one math teacher at the school has been absent for more than 68 days.
Here’s more about the challenges facing Detroit’s educational system.
In the face of this, I dare you to tell me young folks are apathetic. I applaud these young people, and I hope that we’re able to rally the resources, local, state and national, to help them get the education they deserve, the education that they’re fighting for.