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Detroit schools offer class in how to to work at Walmart

 
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Walmart has been widely condemned for offering its employees only low-paying, dead end jobs. Even President Obama criticized Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign for having served on Walmart's board and stated that the firm ought to pay "a living wage."

In inner-city Detroit, however, where the unemployment rate is estimated at an astonishing 50%, the prospect of a Walmart job may appear far more attractive.

Four inner-city Detroit high schools have decided that employment with Walmart is an opportunity worth training their students to pursue. The schools have teamed up with the giant merchandiser to offer a for-credit class in job-readiness training that also includes entry-level after-school jobs.

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."

The announcement of the program outraged Donna Stern, the Midwest coordinator for the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights And Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). "They’re going to train students to be subservient workers" she told the Free Press.

[link to rawstory.com] is not why parents send them to school."
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gotta put food on the table.
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Better than no job, on welfare or stealing.
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Better than no job, on welfare or stealing.
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Or dealing drugs.
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Better than no job, on welfare or stealing.


Or dealing drugs.
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I disagree. Complacency is perpetuating the system.
Extreme imbalance, overwhelming welfare, stealing or drugs will eventually break the system. Forcing the system to change. Otherwise, it is not going to happen.
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Teaching someone how to have a job is something that employers are not willing to do these days. I was lucky when I started my first job as a teenager to have someone really show me the ropes about "how to have a job". Sadly I think there are a lot of college graduates out there who never had anyone tell them the most basic things.

If this program helps young people be more employable, then I can't fault it. Far too many young people are cursed by the image and fact of unemployability. I'm glad someone is trying to do something about it.
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"They’re going to train students to be subservient workers"
There are a lot more places of business then WalMart that I'd consider a "subservient" work place. As much as I hate cheap WalMart crap I think this is a good thing.
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Aside from Walmart being the Devil, I don't see any problem with this.
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lol

that reminds me that this morning i had to go to walmart cause i'm on a low budget(real low, lol) for something and i saw this guy with a shirt that said if your gonna drink all day you gotta start in the morning...


lol
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Better than no job, on welfare or stealing.


Or dealing drugs.
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they are no longer called drug dealers.

The PC term is Unlicensed Pharmacist. LOL
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As much as I despise Wal-Mart, I think what the school system is a good thing.

Whether or not the students are able to get a job at Wal-Mart, they're still learning skills to help them get jobs, somewhere.

I wish both the school system, and the students the best of luck; I hope it works out.
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Aside from Walmart being the Devil, I don't see any problem with this.
 Quoting: Top10ufo.com

+1 Teaching how to work for slave owners... AMERICA HOW LOW WILL YOU FALL?
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As much as I despise Wal-Mart, I think what the school system is a good thing.

Whether or not the students are able to get a job at Wal-Mart, they're still learning skills to help them get jobs, somewhere.

I wish both the school system, and the students the best of luck; I hope it works out.
 Quoting: Art Deco

Art, I agree with what you say in theory.


However, the sad reality, is there aren't going to be any jobs for them to get, and if they are, they will be competing with every other 20-50 year old (modest estimate) who is unemployed and trying to get the same job.

Nothing at all wrong with teaching skills.

The thing is, they are perpetuating a fantasy world where there are just tons of jobs for everyone.

It simply isn't so, unfortunately.
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Imagine being so STUPID that you have to have a SPECIAL class to figure out how to hang pants on a rack. LOL

AND SOME KIDS ARE STUDYING NUCLEAR PHYSICS!

MORONS
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Well thats " HOPE and Change " we can believe in.
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This is really sad, can we dumb down society any more?

This is not a good thing people, not at all
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As much as I despise Wal-Mart, I think what the school system is a good thing.

Whether or not the students are able to get a job at Wal-Mart, they're still learning skills to help them get jobs, somewhere.

I wish both the school system, and the students the best of luck; I hope it works out.

Art, I agree with what you say in theory.


However, the sad reality, is there aren't going to be any jobs for them to get, and if they are, they will be competing with every other 20-50 year old (modest estimate) who is unemployed and trying to get the same job.

Nothing at all wrong with teaching skills.

The thing is, they are perpetuating a fantasy world where there are just tons of jobs for everyone.

It simply isn't so, unfortunately.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 853475

the sad thing is, with the reality being what it is, I have to agree with you.

That being said, I guess it's better to do something, than to do nothing. At least this way, there's the illusion of hope. Sometimes, that's all one has to hang onto.

Last Edited by Art Deco on 02/12/2010 06:56 PM
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I hope my local school offers " Waste & Refuse Collection ".
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Next they are going to have classes on how to hand pick veggies on industrial farms because all of the illegals are going home.
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Re: Detroit schools offer class in how to to work at Walmart
As much as I despise Wal-Mart, I think what the school system is a good thing.

Whether or not the students are able to get a job at Wal-Mart, they're still learning skills to help them get jobs, somewhere.

I wish both the school system, and the students the best of luck; I hope it works out.

Art, I agree with what you say in theory.


However, the sad reality, is there aren't going to be any jobs for them to get, and if they are, they will be competing with every other 20-50 year old (modest estimate) who is unemployed and trying to get the same job.

Nothing at all wrong with teaching skills.

The thing is, they are perpetuating a fantasy world where there are just tons of jobs for everyone.

It simply isn't so, unfortunately.

the sad thing is, with the reality being what it is, I have to agree with you.
 Quoting: Art Deco

That doesn't make me happy either, only in the aspect that I'm not alone in seeing that is how it is.

Whole world is in bad shape. :(
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I hope my local school offers " Waste & Refuse Collection ".
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It's called "Sanitation Engineering"
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Wal Mart should be paying to train people themselves. Tax payers shouldn't be paying for their free training. School is supposed to be for educating!
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I agree with it, how is this any different then technical school?

They are teaching the kids a REAL skill, front line customer service.

Let's get real, how many of these inner city kids are going to use calculus and trigonometry?

Not many.

But if I was a business owner who needed someone to stock shelves, clean, or run a cash machine I would definitely choose a graduate of this type of training over a kid who had higher level scholastics.

I don't need an English major to sweep the floor, I need a kid who will shut up and do his job and not bother my customers.
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Wal Mart should be paying to train people themselves. Tax payers shouldn't be paying for their free training. School is supposed to be for educating!
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it's all in how you define "education" isn't it?
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The amazing thing to me is that some "ethnic" types must be taught to work at WalMart? Is there something intellectually difficult about being surely to customers and ignoring people you are supposed to be serving? I thought those traits all came quite naturally to the main group still living in or around Detroit! And now they tell me that the schools feel friggin' WALMARTS are such a major part of life in this once fair burg that it is worth while to teach these low IQ students the non-existent skill set it takes to work there?

What shit. What utter bullshit!

WALMART IS SUCH A SHITHOLE IF THEY WERE DOING ANYTHING FOR THEIR COMMUNITY THEY WOULD TEACH THESE KIDS WHY THEY SHOULD NEVER SHOP THERE _ MUCH LESS CONSIDER WORKING THERE. The place is vile, duplicitous and would cheat anyone including their own mother to grind out an extra one cent per thousand of profit!
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Wal Mart should be paying to train people themselves. Tax payers shouldn't be paying for their free training. School is supposed to be for educating!
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I'm sure it some 3rd party non-profit outfit owned by some Liberals. just a scam to bleed taxpayer money into the liberals pockets at the expense of the rest of us.
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Well thats " HOPE and Change " we can believe in.
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You dont have to work at a wallmart. No one is holding a gun to peoples heads.
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Wal Mart should be paying to train people themselves. Tax payers shouldn't be paying for their free training. School is supposed to be for educating!



I'm sure it some 3rd party non-profit outfit owned by some Liberals. just a scam to bleed taxpayer money into the liberals pockets at the expense of the rest of us.
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Ummm, probably ACORN or whatever they are calling themselves now.
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I agree with it, how is this any different then technical school?

They are teaching the kids a REAL skill, front line customer service.

Let's get real, how many of these inner city kids are going to use calculus and trigonometry?

Not many.

But if I was a business owner who needed someone to stock shelves, clean, or run a cash machine I would definitely choose a graduate of this type of training over a kid who had higher level scholastics.

I don't need an English major to sweep the floor, I need a kid who will shut up and do his job and not bother my customers.
 Quoting: Exhibit A


It wont matter how much traing you give them, they will still FAIL! and end up in prison or dead. Face it, after work they are not going home and watching TV. They are criminals.
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I wouldn't work at Wal-Mart. Very LOW pay and LOW benefits.
They could afford to TRIPLE their workers pay and it would not even affect their bottom line. It should be renamed to GREED-Mart





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