Local journalist and muckraker-extraordinaire, Nancy Nall Derringer, posted on Grosse Pointe Today a story of seven brave moms who have to face the gut-wrenching decision to either send their children to Grosse Pointe North High School or move. Typical to her liberal-blame-whitey-form she accuses these heartbroken moms of racism and elitism, but recently released empirical evidence would seem to validate their concerns.
Having matriculated at Brownell Middle School, I know the pain these students are facing. The last waning days of eighth grade were filled with excitement and trepidation tinged only by the pain of knowing that some of my classmates weren’t deemed worthy enough to take their seat alongside me at Grosse Pointe South. I don’t know whatever happened to those friends, but I think most of them became nail “technicians” and prostitutes.
Some would call my claims that South is academically and abjectly superior to North to be an exaggeration, and frankly I thought it was too, but recently the State of Michigan released a top-to-bottom ranking of individual schools that calls into serious doubt the standing of North. These results are troubling, to say the least, and it is high time for remedial action.
Unfortunately, we know why this action needs to be taken and there is no polite way to put it. Transfer students and those students of lesser-means out of Harper Woods are dragging our schools’ ranking straight into the gutter. This isn’t about race or elitism. This is about the future of our community. We need to cut off this gangrenous limb to ensure the exceptional nature of our community and stop the advance of mediocrity on our borders.
In addition to purging from the rolls those who seek to suckle at the teat of our excellence, we must institute a strict policy of placement testing our transfer students. We shouldn’t lower our standards one iota, for to do so would only be an acceptance of other schools’ failures. If a student reads at a second-grade level the student would be placed in second grade. If you don’t like our commitment to excellence than perhaps you would be more comfortable with people closer to your level.
I am GP For Life and I will not see my children’s future washed away in a tide of political correctness. The time for action is now.