Only 7% of Detroit public school students proficient in reading… Teachers too, aparently

It’s a good thing the Michigan legislature has passed right-to-work measures for the state’s workers.  For decades labor unions have stood watch while the State’s school system has been in a constant state of decline.  For all the benefit they boast, labor unions are worth little more that keeping bad employees working at jobs they don’t deserve.

Well, the teachers in Michigan aren’t quite getting the job done.  Only 7% of Detroit’s public school educated students are proficient in reading, and only 4% are proficient or better in math.  The rest of the State is faring better, however, not by much.  Statewide only about a third are proficient in either subject.

Teachers love to claim all their belly-aching protests are for the good of the children (even though union leaders have admitted unions are not about the children).  But how good is it that while they’re busy calling out sick in order to protest a law that enables people to get jobs without being forced to join a union and have dues strong-armed from them for the sole purpose of shoveling the funds into Democrat campaign funds and union leader’s pockets, kids aren’t in a classroom.  Come to think of it, with the schools failing them so badly, maybe it’s a good thing they aren’t in school.

( – In the public schools in Detroit, Mich., according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 7 percent of the eighth graders are grade-level proficient or better in reading.


Detroit public-school eighth graders do even worse in math than they do in reading, according to the Department of Education. While only 7 percent scored highly enough on the department’s National Assessment of Educational Progress test in 2011 to be rated “proficient” or better in reading, only 4 percent scored highly enough to be rated “proficient” or better in math.

Statewide in Michigan, only 32 percent of public-school eighth graders scored grade-level proficient or better in reading, and only 31 percent scored grade-level proficient or better in math.

68 percent of Michigan public-school eighth graders are not proficient in reading and 69 percent are not proficient in math.

Over the past decade, Michigan’s public school have shown no improvement at all in teaching children how to read. In 2002 just as in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 32 percent of Michigan public-school eighth graders scored proficient or better in reading.

Teacher proudly smiling in front of misspelled sign
I think I’ve identified the problem


  1. “F”

  2. And many think homeschooling is a bad thing. How much worse could it be?

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