I just saw an article which purported to respond to my article in the Detroit News saying that charters were an abject failure in Detroit.

I wrote:

“The only way to improve education in Detroit and Michigan is to admit error and change course.

“Michiganders should acknowledge that competition has not produced better schools. Detroit needs a strong and unified public school system that has the support of the business and civic community. There should be a good public school in every neighborhood.

“Every school should be staffed with credentialed and well-qualified teachers. Class sizes should be no larger than 20 in elementary schools, no larger than 24 in middle and high schools. Every school should offer a full curriculum, including the arts, civics, history, and foreign languages. Every school should have a library and media center staffed by a qualified librarian. Every school should have fully equipped laboratories for science. Every school should have a nurse and a social worker. Every school should be in tip-top physical condition.

“Students should have a program that includes physical education and sports teams, dance, chorus, robotics, dramatics, videography, and other opportunities for intellectual and social development.

“That is what the best suburban communities want for their children. That’s what will work for the children of Detroit and the rest of Michigan.”

This is the response. https://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/no-sports-at-charters-good-teams-cant-undo-a-poor-school

The writer of the response claims that I believe what public schools need is sports teams. Sports teams. What about the arts, a full curriculum, experienced teachers, small classes, a nurse and social worker, well-tended facilities, robotics, dramatics? Nope. Just “sports teams.”

What about “poor kids need what rich kids take for granted.” Nope.

He or she ignored everything I said to focus on what I mentioned in passing.

The writer is defending a failed status quo.

Time for fresh thinking, not the failed charter idea.