The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Student Count Day Hoopla:
We Can See What Really Counts!

Oct 2, 2006

In Michigan, the state disburses money for schools based on the number of students in attendance in each school–on one particular day, four weeks into the semester. This year “Count Day” came on Wednesday, September 27.

With funding resting on one day’s attendance, some schools pull out all the stops to make sure students attend: not only carrying out publicity campaigns, but holding parties with pizza and ice cream–and giving away prizes like new Apple iPods.

The Detroit Public Schools, which complains about a lack of money, and fought teachers to get them to take concessions, came up with the cash for TV ads in the week before Count Day. One line from the ad: “If you don’t come any other day, come that day.”

What an admission: the school system doesn’t really care about you or your education. All it wants is the money!

It’s a disgusting lesson the children learn all too easily.