Friday, September 29, 2006

Detroit's public schools may soon be down for the count

Tags: faculty, mirel

Jeffrey Mirel, a professor of education and history at the University of Michigan, notes that Detroit's schools once were seen as among the nation's finest. But those days are long gone.

What's happened is a series of failed efforts to reform education by changing the way the schools were governed, Mr. Mirel said Wednesday. His book, The Rise and Fall of an Urban School System, Detroit 1907-1981 is the classic study of the subject.

"Things have clearly gotten worse since my study ended - and they were pretty bad then," he said. "What needs to happen has to do with curriculum and learning, what goes on between teacher and student in the classroom." Click here to read the entire Toledo Blade article.

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