At Frederick Douglass Academy in Detroit, students are complaining that they are being given a sub-par education that will hurt them as they move onto college. One student said he was given an A in a class where the teacher had been absent for 68 days and the class hadn’t even taken a final exam. OK, yeah, as a high schooler, that sounds pretty ideal (no class, no teacher, no final and an A? wooooo), but these students are now struggling with college placement exams. So they organized a walkout to protest the conditions.
“We’ve been wronged and disrespected and lied to and cheated,” senior Tevin Hill told the Detroit Free Press. “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.”
Naturally, the school responded by
promising to reform the system, lobby for more funding and give students more opportunities to prepare for college-level worksuspending about 50 students. Obviously this goes further than the administration — I’m sure funding has a lot to do with the school’s current circumstances — but these boys should be getting a medal for fighting for their education, not a suspension.