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While I agree that more people need to integrate their children into DPS I don't agree with a few things in this here article. I grew up going to DPS and I'll tell you one thing: when my parents moved us to the burbs, I was at least 2 years behind everyone in terms of reading, writing, science and math. Luckily, I was young enough (10 years old) to be able to catch up. The problem I am seeing here is that the Detroit School of Arts is far beyond your typical Detroit Public School. FAR BEYOND. Just take a look at the photos in the article. I can't name one other Detroit Public school that I've seen that looks like that. Not to mention this is a school that children have to audition to get into - if you don't make the cut, sorry, you have to go to one of the other crappy schools.
While there are a lot of lucky young students who have the opportunity to attend the school, there are still Detroit schools out there that deal everyday with overcrowded classes, crappy teachers and lack of funding = poor education, not to mention a lot of racism, and the same typical young kids you can find anywhere, whether it be in the city or the burbs. By that I mean that kids are mean. Doesn't matter where you go. I feel that this article is a bit too optimistic (and naive really) when it comes to brightening the Detroit Public School system and kids in general. It would be nice if every kid in Detroit had the opportunity that I was lucky enough to have, but, in all reality, they don't.
Reading alot of the comments on this article, a lot of people are blaming poor education on the parents of students. While I believe good education and a solid character does start with the parents, I had GREAT parents, and when we entered suburban schools, we were still miles behind. People need to wake up - all Detroit schools are NOT like this.