The Spark

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

EAA:
The Truth on the Ground

Jun 24, 2013

When Michigan Governor Snyder split fifteen Detroit schools into a separate district called the EAA, he talked about how computer technology would allow individualized education for all students, and these low-performing schools would be turned around.

Big surprise – the reality has been very different.

Many of the teachers in these schools are young people working for “Teach for America,” with no formal education training at all. One of those TFA teachers reports lots of problems in his high school, including: class sizes over 45 students; a lot of chaos throughout the school; and no support from administrators. Because most of the teachers in that school are brand new to teaching, there is virtually no one to go to for help or advice.

Not surprisingly, half of the TFA teachers who started at the school in the fall had quit by mid-year.

All the great promises have gone up in smoke. The only ones coming ahead in the EAA – are the contractors selling the computers!

And that, really, was the plan all along.