The systematic destruction of Michigan’s public education system

Michigan’s public education system is being systematically destroyed by its Republican legislature and governor, a scenario playing out in other parts of the country as well.

The best interpretation that can be put on these events is that it’s a giant uncontrolled experiment on the state’s children by people who have the best of intentions. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case with this proposal, which is a massive diversion of public funds to private and corporate interests.

Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, these proposed changes will most negatively affect those school systems with the highest concentrations of poverty and of students with the greatest educational needs.

I wish that somehow this proposal would miraculously improve the quality of teaching and learning for all young people in Michigan. But that would require a miracle, and I don’t see one coming on the horizon.


3 Responses to “The systematic destruction of Michigan’s public education system”

  1. 1 Kent Peterson November 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    America in the 1890s worked to establish the “Common School” where all children would learn side-by-side. This was viewed as the foundation of democracy. Michigan and Wisconsin are both facing the destruction of the Common School. One of the best descriptions of this damaging policy is in an article by Julie Underwood and Julie Mead in The Nation. That article describes the efforts to damage public education and who is behind it.

  2. 2 Nick January 13, 2013 at 4:45 am

    I do agree with all the concepts you have presented to your post.
    They are very convincing and can certainly work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are too short for beginners.
    May you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time?

    Thank you for the post.

    • 3 Dennis Sparks January 13, 2013 at 6:07 am

      I appreciate your comment and understand your concern, Nick. Articles and even books have been written on many of the topics I address. I have deliberately kept my posts short because I know that most principals and teacher leaders have less time for reading than they might desire. If the issue of school privatization interests you, I encourage you to subscribe to Diane Ravitch’s blog (

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