Educators generally agree that students from poor families have about the same ability as students from affluent families. The dominate reason for the poorer students testing lower on achievement tests is a lack of motivation to learn and excel.
When dealing with such students, a teacher must not only be able to teach, but he or she must be a motivator. A teacher lacking in one or both of these skills will result in students failing to achieve their potential.
School boards that engage in nepotism and cronyism and hire individuals lacking in teaching and motivational skills do the students a great disservice. Such people occupying the classroom are over paid at any price. Unfortunately, some school boards and teacher unions seem to exist for the sole purpose of perpetuating this problem.
Ted Farmer, Belleville