Walking out on children is no way to help them

The children of Detroit have been shortchanged in ways that would shock the rest of the nation.

Today there is one more problem for them. Their teachers have abandoned them.

This from CNN:

In Detroit, thousands of students stayed home over the two days as teachers staged what has been termed a "sick-out," an off-the-books strike by teachers who called in sick to their school in protest, according to the local labor leader who organized the protest, Steve Conn.

"It's a way to make us heard," said Conn, who stayed home sick on Monday, but was back at work on Tuesday at Western International High School when he talked to CNN.

Conditions for students and teachers are deplorable in some Detroit schools. Still, walking out on children won't help.