Skip to comments.State of Michigan tells Detroit students 'Literacy is not a right'
Posted on 11/22/2016 9:15:30 AM PST by Libloather
Attorneys for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder are asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit against the state of Michigan filed by students in the Detroit school system and claim that literacy is not a legal right in the state of Michigan.
Seven children filed the lawsuit in September, saying decades of state disinvestment and deliberate indifference to Detroit's schools have denied them access to literacy.
The plaintiffs say the schools have deplorable building conditions, lack of books, classrooms without teachers, insufficient desks, buildings plagued by vermin, unsafe facilities and extreme temperatures.
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The government can force you to pay for government schools.
The government can force you to attend government schools, up to a certain age.
But the government doesn’t actually have to provide anything of value to you while you attend the government school.
In basketball, coaches cannot coach height.
In education, teachers cannot teach IQ.
I know nothing about this case, but I am suspicious.
State by state, the education lobby is using the courts to increase school funding.
In my state, Kansas, it has reached the level of absurd. The legislature will pass a school funding bill, and in less than a week, the state supreme court will have rejected it, with instructions to try again. The courts have usurped legislative authority, and it is accepted as normal.
Bring back fundamental education. Reinstate corporal punishment. Allow administrators to expel however many students necessary. 90% of those students are black? Too bad. So sad.
Put "education" back into education.
Students that don't learn how to read and write are either lazy, have crap for parents or a combination of both. We have the right to an opportunity to become literate - no law/lawsuit can guarantee that we take advantage of it.
“The plaintiffs say the schools have deplorable building conditions, lack of books, classrooms without teachers, insufficient desks, buildings plagued by vermin, unsafe facilities and extreme temperatures.’
Close them. Replace with School choice vouchers.
Rick Snyder is the Mayor of Detroit?
Indeed, parents are chulrun’s primary educators.
But it’s a right of government to demand you pay for crap school performance...rejoice in tyranny.
Detroit should have taken books, computers, etc from the abandoned schools for other schools but that would have been common sense. It made me sick to see rooms filled with books and other things left to the elements. I have loved to read since I learned how way back in 1950. Just my $.02.
Doesn’t the state of Michigan have better things to do? Like counting the remaining 1/2 of 1% of the votes from 2 weeks ago?
While I agree that literacy is not a right. Its a skill. But access to literacy is a right.
No, they can’t teach IQ, but they can teach phonics. That they refuse to is the reason these kids are illiterate.
Parents are responsible for the literacy of their children, not the government.
Well, it isn’t a right. It’s an attribute that must be acquired through study.
In fact, one should have acquired the basics of literacy before they even enter the public school system. If they have not, the failure lies with the parents or legal guardians. A school can only compensate for such deficiencies to a certain degree.
>>In education, teachers cannot teach IQ.
Reading at an 8th grade level at age 18 does not require a 3 digit IQ. But it does take some work. That’s the problem. Teachers won’t work. Students won’t work. Everybody expects someone else to work and provide.
“But access to literacy is a right.”
What does that even mean, “access to literacy is a right”? Literacy is not some building that we are barring the doors to.
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