Bruce Adams, a veteran teacher in Buffalo, New York, one of the poorest districts in the state, wrote these articles.
This one explores the Hollywood myth of the good teacher, the great teacher who takes students from basic math to advanced calculus in the course of a single year, implying that anyone could do it, if they are a great teacher.
This one shows how harmful is the practice of ranking schools from best-to-worst based on some external measure because it either reflects the socioeconomic status of the students and their family, or it encourages the worst educational practices in a futile effort to change the rankings.
The reason I call attention to these articles, aside from the fact that I liked them, is that I want to encourage other teachers to write in your local newspapers. The public needs to understand more about education and more about how schooling works and doesn’t work. You are the experts, and you must do your best to educate the public. Don’t sit back and complain when people are woefully misinformed. Inform them.