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[Susan notes: Every letter on education reform should contain this fact in Rich Gibson's letter: What anyone can predict about the worst schools in the U.S. is that they have lots of poor kids in them. The U.S. has the highest childhood poverty rate of all industrialized countries: 25%.



Education reform must start with the conditions of poverty.]

Published in Detroit Free Press
02/14/2010

To the editor

Only the illusion of reform



What anyone can predict about the worst schools in the U.S. is that they have lots of poor kids in them. The U.S. has the highest childhood poverty rate of all industrialized countries: 25%. Doing school reform without doing substantial social and economic reform is like washing the air on one side of a screen door. It won̢۪t work.



Robert Bobb, arrived in Detroit not to promote real critical education, but to create the illusion of school reform by restoring some sense of order and, on the side, making a buck for, typically, suburbanites.



Bobb fashions false hope. He's not a social movement for equality and justice. It̢۪s a tragic reality, however, that DPS became so corrupt and inept that the majority of citizens are ready to cheer for tyrannical rule in schools as an alternative.



Rich Gibson is Emeritus professor of education

San Diego State University

Rich Gibson


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