I read Bill Gates’ article (TNT, 3-2) about producing great teachers, stating “the single most decisive factor in student achievement is excellent teaching.”
I thought that makes sense.
Then I read the Your Voice by M. Morford’s (Morf) on the next page. He has been a teacher for more than 25 years. He describes the difference between the world he grew up in and the world of many of his students. The impact of a stable family and economic life is crucial for learning.
Student achievement is caused not only by good teachers, but by the home and culture one grows up in. And of the two, I would say that the latter is more important than the former. How is it that in a class of underprivileged students, a minority of students can excel and the rest do not? Is it due to the teacher or one’s culture back home?
Gates and Morford should team up to solve the problem.