Friday, March 5, 2010

We're so proud of Detroit

As if Detroit doesn't have enough problems these days, the president of the city's school board offered the shocking admission that he can't pen a coherent sentence.

Otis Mathis, who oversees the academic future of 90,000 public school students, told the Detroit News that he's a "horrible writer" after reports surfaced that he sent a Feb. 29 e-mail to the financial manager of Detroit Public Schools that was rife with spelling, punctuation and usage errors.

"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," the e-mail read, according to the paper.

Mathis, 56, of Detroit, has had difficulties with language as early as fourth grade, when he was placed in special education classes. His college degree was also held up for more than a decade due to repeatedly failing English proficiency exams required for graduation from Wayne State University, the paper reported.

Some parents are now questioning whether Mathis is fit for his role.

"It's kind of scary to even talk about," Patrick Martin, 49, a Detroit contractor whose 12-year-old son is a student at Noble Middle School, told the paper. "If this is the leader, what does it say about the followers? It explains a lot about why there's so much confusion and infighting with the board and Robert Bobb."

Mathis has also worked as a substitute teacher in Detroit schools, which are ranked among the lowest-achieving metropolitan public school districts in the country. But he told the paper his story is about someone who has managed his limitations.

"Instead of telling them that they can't write and won't be anything, I show that cannot stop you," Mathis told the paper. "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

This school district graduates 25% of it's students. Any questions?


Brooke said...

Oh, dear gawd.

That paragraph makes no sense. My third grader is more coherent, concise, and a better speller than this man!


Ticker said...

Oh, but he is a victim. Don't you know?

Always On Watch said...

"Instead of telling them that they can't write and won't be anything, I show that cannot stop you," Mathis told the paper.

I call BS on that!

That this fellow holds the position he does is disgraceful.

Anonymous said...

There are no surprises here. Educationalists are among the most corrupt government officials outside the white house. Obviously, the way to correct this sad situation is to enroll and graduate people based on racial quotas. And of course, there is no correlation between racial quotas/affirmative action programs, and John and Monica Conyers, Kwami Kilpatrick, Keith Ellison, and Otis Mathis, a graduate of our august Special Education programs.

‘Nuff said? Probably not …

One day when we’re drinking all the beer in your refrigerator, ask me about the School Superintendent who married his secretary while he was still married to his wife. It was just a joke, you see. And the fact that he placed his secretary/wife in a high paying position within the school district was merely coincidental.

Or maybe you’d want to know about the FORMER school superintendent who sold his 50 acres of prime real estate to a cousin for a dollar, who then turned around and sold it to the school district for a new high school, earning 5 million dollars. Consequently, the school district named the new high school after the retired school superintendent: Steal.

Modeling for our children, anyone? Anyone?

Mustang sends

MK said...

What a joke!

"If Detroit Public Schools can allow kids to dream...."

With a 25% graduation rate, it sounds like they're doing a lot of dreaming and not much else.

Leslie said...

Oh come is a perfect example of how all kids in school can be idiots, not learn basic skills and still succeed in our society. This is the perfect example of the direction our country is going: pass the students who can't read and write, let them cry "It isn't fair" if they have to work for something they want, and then let them join the leadership of this country.


I shouldn't be disappointed nor surprised; yet seeing as writing is my forte and passion --as is fighting against the lack of education our kids are receiving in this country-- it repulses me.

Anonymous said...

A twenty-five percent graduation rate? Marvelous, simply marvelous. I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that Detroit’s population is 81.5% black. You know, people who traditionally vote Democratic, many of whom blame whites for their economic problems.


Chuck said...

Brooke, interesting you should say that, the writing is considered by some to be at a third grade level

Ticker, correct. Ironically he probably went to Detroit public schools.

AOW, it's a damned shame

Mustang, the land deal is stunning. How the hell did the state not get involved in that?

MK, problem is they are doing a lot else - drugs, fighting, killing. It's a shithole

Leslie, and become Superintendent or President

Sam, I will buy the notion that it is because they are Dems (they are not smart), that they have a victim mentality, but it is not because they are black. There is no basis for that assertion and if your intent is to suggest that blacks are unable to learn as well as whites then that is a racist statement and will not be welcomed here.

Ticker said...

81% of the population of Detroit being black and only 25% passing rate provides some credibility to the fact that these individuals have been raised on the Doctrine of Victimization taught by the party which they vote for who intends to keep them uneducated and down on the plantation. Yea, I know, long sentence but at least it makes a point that most can understand.
As you say Chuck, not because the color of their skin is black but because they have been raised to be victims and blame anyone and everyone for their problems other than themselves. If that were not true the passing rate would be much higher.
The plantation days began again with Roosevelt and his dear wife Eleanor who saw an entire group of people to exploit for their political purposes. The catering to the poor blacks in the south as well as the north created a pool of before untapped voters and it paid handsomely not only for Roosevelt but the rest of the Democrats who ran in later years.
It mattered not one iota to the so called educated blacks that the democrats had been the ones who fought against civil rights, voting and such because the democrat party became the "sugar daddy" with all kinds of special promises and programs.
It played well into the democrat plan for keeping the folks on the plantation because where else could they go for entitlements. The Republicans were for a hand up and the dwellers on the plantation only knew a hand out and expected it as they continue to do today.
So there it is a short history as to why such a situation exist in Detroit today and elsewhere.

Z said...

Some parents are now questioning whether Mathis is fit for his role.

Ticker's right about being a victim, except it's the KIDS who are the victims.

Chuck said...

Note, I rarely delete posts, I welcome dissent. I appear to have gotten a troll though and had to call an exterminator. For any other liberal idiots reading, this post is not racist and I would not tolerate racist comments. Facts do not lie, only 25% of children in Detroit graduate and the fact that the leader of the school system is functionally illiterate is a legitimate talking point as to a cause for this abysmal graduation rate.

Just go back to the front page of my blog and read this quote again:

The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal.

Peter Brimelow

Ticker, agreed. I do not dispute there is a victim mentality among the black population in Detroit. It is not because they are black, it is because there is a long history of buying into politicians that have made their career exploiting this "the man is out to get us" mentality. The people of Detroit have had to overcome the unholy duo of Coleman Young and Kwame Kilpatrick. These men were both incredibly incompetent and corrupt and they covered themselves by railing against those who want to keep black people down. Enough bought it to keep them in office.

Reality is that the blacks who had the desire to get away from this nonsense, and the means to, left the city for the suburbs. Left behind were the ones that bought into it and the real victims, the ones who did not but could not afford the pricey suburbs. They were stuck behind to live with the mess that these leaders and their supporters created.

Z, this just plays off of my comment to Ticker. The fact that there is not people screaming in the streets is very telling of the city as a whole.

I grew up in Flint, north of Detroit, so I read the Detroit papers a lot from my teens until I left when I was 25 and visited the city occasionally. People outside of Michigan don't fully grasp what an absolute mess Detroit really is. The corruption, crime, poor education, apathy are pervasive and endemic, not anecdotal. The last time we were through the city, about 3 years ago, it literally looked like a 3rd world hellhole.

Ticker said...

Chuck you missed my comment: "As you say Chuck, not because the color of their skin is black but because they have been raised to be victims and blame anyone and everyone for their problems other than themselves."

I stand by that statement. I also agree that there are those who rose above the preaching of Victimology and left the plantation and became successful.

Z, the kids are victims because the parents and so called leaders teach them to be victims. The Gospel of Victimization is preached daily in the home, in the schools, the churches and on the streets. Only a few will rise above the fray and leave the Church of Victims, the rest will remain to continue the message and example. Meanwhile the Democrats will continue to encourage such evangelism to keep the folks down on the plantation in order to gain votes.

I could have added in my brief history that the Roosevelt's (especially the Mrs. during her tour of the south) taught the same Gospel of Victimization to the poor whites who couldn't do much else but be sharecroppers (white slaves) and they bought it just like the blacks did. In an article
accompanying a picture of Mrs. Roosevelt, the by line was Mrs Roosevelt speaks on what is wrong with the South. She indicated that the South was made up mainly of dumb rubes too ignorant to know what is good for them thus she and Mr. Roosevelt will take care of them. Does that sound familiar? It is the same message the Democrats are preaching today to both blacks ,uneducated whites and over educated academics. It sold then and it still sells. Victims will always be victims in their own minds as long as someone continues to preach that gospel.

Chuck said...

Ticker, I agree with you. I may not be explaining myself well enough but I am not disputing what you are saying.

It has been a complicated relationship between the citizens and politicians in Detroit. It's kind of a vicious circle in which the leadership has kept the education system weak (either by design or incompetence) which makes it easier to convince the ignorant among them that they are victims of a plot to keep them down and that they, the corrupt politicians, are the only ones looking out for them. In effect the politicians through a corrupt system really do help create victims for themselves.

Obviously this hasn't happened only in Detroit and as you point out, it is not exclusive to blacks. One could look at likely every ethnicity and find this same scenario at some point.

It is one of the cornerstones of what we call liberalism. Keep enough people stupid enough to believe the government is their only hope, no room for self-reliance. If it can be pulled off it is a self preserving system in which the "victims" they have created will always need them and they will stay in power so they can keep them ignorant and so on and so on.

The danger to them is slowly most people, of all colors, are starting to get wise to their process. This is why, other than the last election, far-left liberalism has not played very well in the US in the last 20+ years. Except of course in localized areas like Detroit.

Anonymous said...

Nice to know that this man promotes ignorance and illiteracy; the road to successfully screwing up an entire school system, as equaling success in life!

Great points made here. It is so pathetic.


Chuck said...


Nice to know that this man promotes ignorance and illiteracy

What else are our public school officials there for?