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    According to the Detroit Free Press, the principal at one of the schools optimistically suggested that "the program will allow students an opportunity to earn money and to be exposed to people from different cultures -- since all of the stores are in the suburbs."
    Sound like wage slavery to you?  Black kids going to the suburbs to work at the store where all the white folks shop.  And I wonder how the current employees who will lose their jobs or see their hours cut will feel about that educational program?  Walmart get cheap employees for a semester at taxpayer expense.

    From the same website:

    Normally, I'm a huge fan of in-school vocational training, since high schools obviously aren't doing enough to properly prepare their students for employment in the "real world." Especially during times of sky-high unemployment, when teenage unemployment is especially troubling, it's essential for graduating high schoolers to have some useful skills under their belts.

    But when Walmart decides to offer 11-week training to low-income high school students, my initial reaction is one of concern. What sort of work conditions are these Detroit students being prepared for? Walmart is notorious for its low wages, discriminatory treatment of female employees, mass lay-offs and refusal to acknowledge, much less support, employee unions. I doubt Detroit parents would want these values instilled in their children. The question remains, then, why four schools have moved forward with the Walmart partnership.

    The answer boils down to money. WDIV Detroit reports that the city's public school district is struggling to make ends meet after being hit disproportionately hard by the recession.

     

    "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

    by Steven D on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 11:59:57 AM PDT

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    •  Honestly, any kind of (4+ / 0-)

      corporate-public school partnership makes me want to barf, but Wal-Mart has to be the worst.

      And if any of you have kids who were forced to study a "nutrition unit" produced by Kraft Foods, or forced to sit and watch commercials on Channel One during class time, you may feel the same way.

      •  The five Walton heirs to their father's (3+ / 0-)

        fortune, have inherited and stolen as much money as more than one hundred million Americans have, and they want it all.
        Get that, 5 people have as much as 100,000,000 and they don't want to increase the minimum wage.  They are sociopaths.

        "I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves" Harriet Tubman

        by BrianParker14 on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 10:01:19 PM PDT

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      •  They are stealing our children. And their future. (0+ / 0-)

        BTB - I did a 'let's ALL go Galt'  post.  I still need to do "Galt's Gulch: the sequel.

        Joy shared is doubled. Pain shared is halved. Spider Robinson

        by nolagrl on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:40:36 AM PDT

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