Meanwhile, parents, students and teachers all report higher satisfaction with charter schools. People like them. They cost less money. They raise the academic achievement of poor kids. Go ahead, get a little enthused.
Grades are almost completely relative, in effect ranking students relative to others in their class. Thus extra achievement by one student not only raises his position, but in effect lowers the position of others.
Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one's level of aspiration and expectation.
Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science.
Student teaching is the hardest job there is.