"I've been in countless discussions with teachers about what, at bottom, makes students thrive or flounder. I've never heard a teacher answer these questions with anything besides 'parents' or 'families.' Yet our public policy discussions try to treat students in isolation -- and tend to pretend that the key factor is whether they have the most up-to-date technology in their classroom, or whether teachers are instructed in the latest pedagogical methods. These simply aren't the core missing variables."
- Ben Sasse