The best teachers can do only so much

The claim that the most significant cause of educational inequality is the lack of access to high-quality teachers is once again being trotted out (“The Supreme Court will end affirmative action. What happens next? Los Angeles Times, Oct. 30).  But that’s not what the landmark Coleman Report says.  Instead, it’s the social and economic factors that children bring to class.

That’s not to say that good teachers don’t matter.  Of course, they do.  But they are severely limited in what they can accomplish. Ask any public school teacher still in the classroom today for verification. It’s time to get real about this issue.

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