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Geoffrey Canada Gives Eastern Michigan University's MLK Day Keynote Address

Jan 20, 2014

Educator and Activist Geoffrey Canada says the US has a national problem with educational issues which is clear through the high percentage of high school graduates that can't qualify to enter the military. Canada gave the keynote address for Eastern Michigan University's Martin Luther King Junior Celebration on Monday.

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Canada says he doesn't have a problem with bad teachers personally, but says they need to find a different job.  He says people don't return to a bad barber, but for some reason bad teachers are allowed to keep teaching.

Canada says to be a teacher at his Harlem Children's Zone you must be both good at teaching and behavior management.  He says instead of investing in education America has been paying more to send people to prison. 

EMU also honored Senator Carl Levin and former Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater with the school's Martin Luther King Junior Humanitarian Award.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.