Children do not have a “fundamental right” to learning to read and write. That was the ruling that came in response “to a lawsuit filed by Public Counsel” on behalf of Detroit, Michigan, students who wanted to blame Governor Rick Synder and others of depriving them of their right to learn the skills, MSN News has confirmed today.
The Detroit Free Press has written that Ivy Bailey, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers said, “I am shocked” over the ruling. “The message that it sends is that education is not important. And it sends the message that we don’t care if you’re literate or not.” The clear problem is that those who can not read do not know their rights. That means that stripping them of those rights is far easier.
That may be the message that Bailey is choosing to hear, but the fact is that while everyone wants to aim for a literate society, it is not a right outlined in the founding document. More than anything, this was a bleeding heart attempt at getting $500 million dollars to fix schools which are crumbling due to liberal policies which killed Detroit, a once great American city.
Attorneys for the city said that officials are “all too familiar with illiteracy’s far-reaching effects.”
“Widespread illiteracy has hampered the City’s efforts to connect Detroiters with good-paying jobs; to fill vacancies on its police force, and to grow its tax base,” they added. “Illiteracy, moreover, has greatly exacerbated the effects of intergenerational poverty in Detroit.”
This, more than anything, sounds like an argument for school vouchers so that parents can sent their kids away from the sinking ship that is the Detroit public school system more than a problem that needs more capital thrown at it.
U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy III at no point downplayed how vital literacy is in any way. In his 40-page opinion, he wrote, “Plainly, literacy – and the opportunity to obtain it – is of incalculable importance.”
He added, “As plaintiffs point out, voting, participating meaningfully in civic life, and accessing justice require some measure of literacy.” Those truths, however, “do not necessarily make access to literacy a fundamental right.”
The judge also pointed out that “important” does not mean that it is a right. He cited the Supreme Court which as ruled that just because something is important, that “does not determine whether it must be regarded as fundamental.”
The basic problem here is that the public school system has failed million upon millions of Americans. At no point in the nation’s history have so many people been so awfully ignorant. Throwing more money into a failed system is only give it more money to fail with.