So I was watching FOX news just now and they gave the statistic that “Detroit graduates only 66% of seniors,” emphasizing that only 66% of the kids who make it all the way to their senior year actually graduate. So that means that the graduation rate of kids who enter Detroit public schools at kindergarten is probably below 50%! If you carry out the 66% rate down to just 10th grade (assuming that 33% drop out each year, like they do in their senior year), you’d have a rate of 28.75% of sophomores will graduate. Now, I can’t believe that this pattern continues, otherwise the graduation rate when kids enter school at kindergarten would be below 0.4509%, but the fact that 33% of Detroit seniors won’t graduate is just sad! What’s wrong with education in Detroit?
I say a lot of it has to do with the teachers, like those who go on strike RIGHT BEFORE the school year is supposed to start – that doesn’t show a commitment to the kids – that shows greed. Michigan has some of the best paid teachers in the nation – Detroit schools need to get their act together – in fact, the whole city needs to improve. I still say Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson should just take it over and clean it up – he’s done a great job in Oakland County, I’m sure he could clean up Detroit.