Louis Filippelli, a teacher in the Cleveland public schools, writes that all of the most popular nostrums about school reform are wrong.

The governor, the mayor, the teachers’ union, the business community, and elected representatives are on the wrong track, he says.

More money, he writes, won’t solve the fundamental problem in the school, which is the lack of parent and student responsibility.

Filippelli maintains that the leaders are averting their eyes from the real crisis:

“The assumption that large numbers of student failures must be the fault of an incompetent, lazy, burned-out, greedy teacher is a ludicrous proposition. The paradox here is that in the real world of modern inner-city education, the teacher with the higher failure rate may indeed be the superior teacher. Challenging students with high academic standards and rigorous testing will inevitably mean low or failing grades on a grand scale for pupils either unwilling or unable to do the work.

“Standardized test scores tell little or nothing about teacher quality especially when dealing with an unprepared, unmotivated, and severely insubordinate student body.

“Teachers who complain about discipline issues are admonished by the administration as weak in classroom management skills and thus bombarded with never ending “professional development” sessions that tout group work and new “strategies.” In reality no one really knows what to do with the staggering amount of children whose sole purpose seems to be to derail the entire educational process.”