» by tffhthewriter March 17, 2010, 8:33am
A school board official in Detroit Michigan is facing heavy criticism after facts surfaced that he is incapable of writing coherent sentences.
Otis Mathis is the president of the Detroit school board, the nation’s lowest achieving big city district of 90,000 school children. And like some of these children, Mathis struggles with writing and composing a comprehensible sentence.
Although Mathis readily admits that he’s a “horrible writer” and that he struggled to get through school, many are questioning the validity of his qualifications.
Adding to the concern is the fact that despite short-comings, Mathis was able to graduate high school and college, as well as become an elected academic officer at the University of Michigan.
Mathis, a math whiz, speaks coherently but his learning disability leaves him composing official emails that include the following sentences:
“Do DPS control the Foundation or outside group? If an outside group control the foundation, then what is DPS Board row with selection of is director? Our we mixing DPS and None DPS row’s, and who is the watch dog?”
Many are wondering how he was able to slip through so many cracks.
Mathis’ problems with language and writing were spotted as early as fourth grade and was placed in special education classes.
Wayne also failed an English proficiency exam that was required for graduation from his college Wayne State University. This caused his degree to be held up for over ten years.
Despite the challenges, his colleagues voted for him because of his collegiality and leadership.