The Problem with The Detroit Education Commission Idea

By: Keith A. Owens, Michigan Chronicle

The idea is to try and assume the best about peoples’ motives, even when you haven’t necessarily been given reason to do so.

The proposed Detroit Education Commission is part of the so-called Return To Excellence package of bills that passed the Michigan Senate last month. The objective of the bills is to improve the educational system in Detroit, which is obviously a necessary thing. The obvious question, of course, is how exactly this improvement is supposed to take place. Because, as has become rather clear amidst the sound and fury surrounding what to do about Detroit schools, what one person defines as improvement, someone else may define using terminology that cannot be reprinted in a family newspaper.