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

It’s an Outrage, Right!

Nov 22, 2010

The Detroit Public Schools have 128 certified teacher vacancies, filled by uncertified substitutes.

When the district refused to pay these subs more to compensate them for the extra work they’re doing, Detroit Federation of Teachers President Keith Johnson told them to stop doing that extra work: stop writing lesson plans, grading students and attending parent-teacher conferences.

Robert Bobb is outraged. “You should only babysit in the classroom, you should not do any instruction–that’s what he’s saying!” Bobb said.

Babysit–what does Bobb think is going on NOW, when substitutes are made to teach subjects they don’t even know?!

Now THAT’s an outrage. And Robert Bobb committed it!