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!


14 Responses to “Detroyt Skool Bored Prezzident Cant Reed, Rite ore Spel Goode”

  1. Nanny on March 6th, 2010 2:50 pm

    Otis Mathis attended and/or worked at Wayne State University for 15 years before he got his degree. He could not pass the English proficiency test, which was a requriement, to get his degree so he sued Wayne State all the way to the State Supreme Court who ruled in favor of Wayne State. Several years ago Wayne State dropped the requirement to mirror DPS and Otis walked in and finally picked up his degree. He has never worked in the private sector. His only success in life is to suck on the teet of the public trough. That is why he is fighting Bobb. And they wonder why Detroit and the State of Michigan is in the toilet. Yeah just keep throwing money in the bowl and flush away.

  2. Rick on March 6th, 2010 4:42 pm

    If Otis loses his board gig he will probably turn up as a doctor in a few years. Ah,the dream…

    The dumbells in my state are also angling for that baited “education” hook$$$.

  3. Nanny on March 6th, 2010 8:43 pm

    Oh great! An Obamacare doctor that can't write! That should keep the lawyers busy after he "writes" a few prescriptions.

  4. Doug on March 6th, 2010 9:13 pm

    If Otis loses his board gig he will probably turn up as a doctor in a few years.

    Ha! Or as John Dingell's replacement if that guy ever kicks off.

    Nanny, somehow Detroit and Mathis deserve each other — the problem is taxpayers don't deserve either of them. Detroit is what you end up with when all the liberal dreams get implemented — and now they're trying to take it national. Great.

  5. Nanny on March 6th, 2010 10:19 pm

    Sad to say and even think about. We really are bending over and taking one when it comes to the whole Detroit/Kwame/Mathis/Granholm/Dillon/Levin/Stabenow/Bernero democrat enema. They claim to be soooo compassionate but they never feel the real pain they inflict on the good hard working, tax paying citizens of Michigan.

  6. archer52 on March 7th, 2010 12:33 pm

    Again, this is about them getting "theirs". The left in this nation is split between mindless "useful idiots" ideologues who really believe the silliness they spout and the cold calculating thieves who are intent on stealing as much stuff as they can from any source they can find. In the area surrounding Detroit/Chicago it is the "Chicago Machine" concept, while on the West Coast and in New York there are more elitist type "true believers'. (Yes, a generalization, but bear with me.)

    Victor Davis Hanson has a good article about the west coast on PJM (http://pajamasmedia.com/victordavishanson/dronism… This group is insane, and there is nothing you can do with them except ignore and isolate them to prevent their influence.

    However, the Chicago Machine is different. They are in it for power, control and robbery. They intend to steal all the cash out of the trillion dollar medical field, line their pockets and through healthcare guarantee their control for generations. (They aren't blind to the power of the NHS in Britain.) They don't care about healthcare expect for what they can get out of it. They don't care about education except for indoctrinating more drones to support their agenda. So, seeing an illiterate educator in Detroit is absolutely possible. It was never about being educated.

    We've faced political threats before in this nation. For example, the radical Republicans post Civil War did their best to use their power to control Congress and punish the South. However, it was never their intent to fundamentally shift the direction of the nation. They were really playing "small ball" in their efforts.

    We are in trouble. In my novel (REVOLT- http://www.revoltthebook.com) I attempted to create a scenario where our nation was weak enough to accept a violent overthrow by a rogue President. I asked myself, "What would it take?". I wrote the original draft in 1997 and got everything right except the financial meltdown. The question asked in the book was if there was anyone left willing to fight back against the attempt to steal the nation from its citizens. The plot centers around a small community in Idaho which stands up to the federal assault and finds itself cut off, surrounded by troops, and demonized by the President in the compliant media as "extremists". The story bounces from Idaho, to D.C., to Moscow where members of the former KGB discover that they had recruited the President when he was in college and much to their dismay he was using what they taught him for his own plan to destroy the country and build another in its place, with him as ruler.

    Back in 1997 my friends laughed at the concept saying it could never happen here. They aren't laughing now. In fact, several have called me with concerns. I told them what a friend told me to do. "If you want to see where we are headed read about Mao. Especially the "Cultural Revolution" period from 1966-76." I did and I was frightened to see the similarities. What I conceived of back in the nineties but could only explain in a book of political fiction, was clear to me after I finished the book. I blogged about a number of issues in the book at my main website- http://www.truthandcommonsense.com. Visit and run through the posts. Mao was not crazy, neither are his fans here in the Media, in business, in the administration. He was a cold calculating ruler who believed that killing citizens for the "greater good" was very acceptable, even something to be encouraged. The use of indoctrinated children in the "Red Guard" froze my blood. He ordered kids as young as twelve to go out and murder other children in the name of the revolution, and they did without hesitation. There are diary passages where one "Red Guard" revolutionary murdered an entire family, including kids as young as six, with a knife. He spoke of how proud he was and how the government paid him for his deed. Millions died, millions more were tried, imprisoned, "struggled", re-educated, relocated, starved, victims of robberies, rapes, beatings. All in the name of moving the revolution forward. In that time, many people now in power in OUR nation were Mao fans.

    Gird yourself. There will be blood before this is all over. Some in the government may dream of a "European statist" type government. But how they get there may involve a number of "broken eggs to make an omelet" moments.

    Those eggs will be us if we aren't careful.

  7. Scott B on March 8th, 2010 11:24 pm

    "So join now, 'cause at the Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, …"

  8. Michelle Malkin » Just When You Thought You Couldn’t Be Prouder of Detroit… on June 19th, 2010 11:06 am

    [...] Detroit School Board President Otis Mathis as the one with a severe problem with literacy (see: Detroyt Skool Bored Prezzident cant reed, rite or spel goode), but it never occurred to me to think that the reason Mathis’ emails were misspelled so [...]

  9. citizensovereign on June 20th, 2010 7:04 pm

    If you are an educated and successful Black person, Lesbian or other protected class, how will you ever know that you were promoted because of merit or because of the color of your skin or if your a lesbo?

  10. loxmyth on June 25th, 2010 4:25 am

    As a recently retired teacher, from the Detroit School system, i would like to point out that this idiot is NOT and educator. He is an elected official. Unfortunately the only requirement for election is that someone fill out the form and get you on the ballot.

    I'm not going to defend Detroit, or it's school system (there really is no defense), but please don't lump this clown in with all the teachers. Yes, we do have teachers that are just as bad as he is, but there are many, many that aren't. Unfortunately the good ones get caught up with this mentality that we have to be "compassionate and understanding" and are forced to lower standards or face retribution.

  11. Julia on July 16th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Wow, unbelievable! Utterly unbelievable. I've always thought of Detroit as being just a giant cesspool of crime and thugs. Looks like I was right.

  12. ben on August 8th, 2010 2:12 pm

    Wow, your grammar is just as pathetic as his.

  13. Rebecca Olesen on December 12th, 2011 1:52 am

    PATHETIC !! They hired him because he was black, and no other reason. This is why our children are stupid, illiterate, ignorant, and lazy.

  14. imoforpcs on May 3rd, 2017 12:26 am

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