Detroit Independent Freedom Schools Movement
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Detroit Independent Freedom Schools Movement at a Glance
Detroit Independent Freedom Schools is a movement to help educate our children in the midst of the destruction of our school system by the State of Michigan. Like the Mississippi Freedom Schools, initially launched by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee as part of the 1964 Freedom
Summer, to provide effective educational experiences that were not available to African American children in the public schools of the South, Detroit Independent Freedom Schools in 2016 will respond to Detroit children’s needs for positive educational activities to fill the vacuum created by the dismantling of the DPS through the policies of Emergency Management. Historically, the goal of freedom schools has been to create “educational experience[s] for students which will make it possible for them to challenge the myths of our society, to perceive more clearly its realities and to find alternatives, and ultimately, new
directions for action.”
We are resolved to create an independent Freedom Schools movement in Detroit. Each DIFS session has two focuses:
(1) Tutoring in core subjects and skills;
(2) Engagement in learning activities that are inspiring and culturally enriching
Arts and Crafts
Students involved in the arts have tremendous academic benefits compared to students without exposure to the arts. ... It helps students stay in school, increases motivation, improves attitudes and attendance, and improves academic performance.
Engagement in learning activities that are inspiring and culturally enriching, which encourages students to strive to reach the full potential of their abilities and talents.