There is damage done by refusing to raise the questions and open the conversations about race. Although that damage may reside beneath the surface, it exists.
Our society may choose to hold to heroism and follow those who promise much. But, beware if we buy into that role, it is certain there will be those on the sidelines waiting to take away the crown when the hero slips, or doesn't make the mark.
STEM, the four subjects, are the engine that can move schools and districts from their firmly planted "old school" feet into a dynamic teaching and learning environment that serves the students of this century.
Policies and legislation may call for safe environments, but it is the heart of the educator leading and teaching students that will make the most difference.
Schools are learning organizations in which everyone is a learner so they must be environments that call for foundational trust.
Are we serving the children or are we serving ourselves or do we even know who is being served by perpetuating the old way?
Today's educational leader is most often called to keep one eye on her/his educated belief about the horizon line and the harbor and the other on the community she/he serves to attend and strengthen the coalition of followers.
When a crisis arises, be it big or small, it is the heart and soul of the leader that shines through. But always with a price paid.
As educators, we have accepted a responsibility to educate the future generation.
Detroit's problem ultimately is our problem. It can teach a lesson about patience and acceptance gone too far.