Otis Mathis is president of the Detroit school board — he is also, somehow, a college graduate. The Detroit school system is the worst performing in the country, ranks at the bottom in literacy, and has a dropout rate of well over 60%.
Read parts of emails Mathis sent and part of the reason becomes abundantly clear:
If you saw Sunday’s Free Press that shown Robert Bobb the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, move Mark Twain to Boynton which have three times the number seats then students and was one of the reason’s he gave for closing school to many empty seats.
Another Mathis email:
Do DPS control the Foundation or outside group? If an outside group control the foundation, then what is DPS Board row with selection of is director? Our we mixing DPS and None DPS row’s, and who is the watch dog?
Possibly the most pathetic thing about this story is Mathis’ justification for why he should keep his job:
“Instead of telling them that they can’t write and won’t be anything, I show that cannot stop you,” Mathis says. “If Detroit Public Schools can allow kids to dream, with whatever weakness they have, that’s something. …It’s not about what you don’t have. It’s what you can do.”
Hahahahahaha! … excuse me.
“Just because you’re borderline illiterate doesn’t mean that you too can’t grow up to lead an educational institution! Look at me!”
Hopefully he’s not setting the kids’ sights too high.
It’s a good thing NASA didn’t have this philosophy when choosing a team for the Apollo program: “We decided to pick people who suck at science as a way to show kids that anybody can grow up to explode on the launch pad or blast off for the moon and end up crashing into the surface of Venus.”
A local parent agrees with Mathis, however:
“His job, though, is to represent the community. His lack of writing skills is prevalent in the community. If anybody does, he understands the struggles of what it’s like to go through an institution and not be properly prepared.”
And his lack of writing skills will forever be prevalent in the community with this kind of mindset leading the way. Some parents might deserve Detroit, but the kids don’t.
No wonder people in Michigan are sick and tired of pumping education money into that bottomless pit of idiocy. And if you don’t live in Michigan, you’re still funding the mess that is Detroit schools. Currently $115 million in federal education grants are up for grabs, and to the most illiterate go the spoils!