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

We Want an Education!

Apr 2, 2012

How did administrators respond when high school seniors at Detroit Public Schools’ Frederick Douglass Academy protested outside their building, chanting: “We want an education!”?

They kicked these 50 young men out of school! They were being expelled for wanting to learn!

Demanding more teachers and more books, most of the senior class of this 200 student school, along with some parents, attempted to shame school administrators into doing their job.

Up until 2010, this school had done better than most in Detroit, meeting federal academic standards. When a long time principal was reassigned, students were increasingly left just to pass time in the gym or cafeteria, due to a lack of teachers.

Said one protesting senior: “I want the kids [that are] under me, I want them to be able to have the education that we were supposed to have that we didn’t get.”

Said another: “They didn’t listen to us when we complained to the administration. They didn’t listen to the parents when they complained to the administration, so I guess this is the only way to get things solved.”

Yes, it is. What a valuable lesson to learn at any age!