It's in vogue for reformers to blame the achievement gap not on poor parenting but more on poor teaching. New York City, encouraged by the Obama administration, is leading the way. Just last month, it announced that it will spend more than $25 million to devise special tests students will take to measure the effectiveness of their teachers.
Reduced to its simplest terms, the rationale behind the attack on teachers is this: Children born to single, semi-literate, poverty-stricken 16- or 17-year-olds can, with the right teachers, reach the same level of academic skill as children born to parents such as Ben's and Emma's. Teachers would love to have such power, but statistics and common sense show that with few exceptions, things don't work that way.
It is BOTH!!!!! A teacher can do everything possible in the classroom for a student, but if a parent is NOT going to do their part at home, then that student may very well not succeed to their fullest potential. The same can be said for the reverse. The parents could be very involved and working with their child, but if the classroom teacher/school is lacking, and not meeting the students needs, then that student may very well not succeed as well as they could.
Hell, sometimes the parents and teacher are doing their parts, but the administration, and lack of resources in the school building will play a role in a lack of student success. There are schools with NO reading specialists, NO speech and language therapists, under staffed SPED programs etc. The LACK OF EDUCATIONAL funding plays a big role here too.
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It's definitely the responsibility of both, but even more so the parents. As a teacher I do the what I can for the time that I am with each student. I guide them not only academically, but also socially and emotionally. I WANT to see them succeed, I work hard to see them succeed but I need the help of the parents. I can only do so much, if parents want their children to be successful they need to put in the effort as well- it's not magic.
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