One reader says that schools and teachers can lift children out of poverty. He says it is happening.
This reader dissents.
To be clear, and I think the writer of this post would agree, teachers and schools save children’s lives every day. Poor kids can succeed. Poor kids can make it into Harvard, thanks to their grit and the support of family and teachers.
But that is not the norm, and it never will be. Teachers alone, no matter how great they are, can’t overcome poverty. Thinking that it is so doesn’t make it so. Saying that it is so doesn’t make it so. As this reader says, tests always produce results correlated with income.
The irony of reform today is that it relies on the one measure guaranteed to reflect family income: standardized tests.