Lack of funding for education is central to the failures of school systems. Even Utah, a place of relative privilege and supposed “family focus”, we have the lowest per student spending in the United States. Education is absolutely not a priority.
Poverty causes all sorts of problems that are in direct conflict with a student’s abilities and desires to learn. Parental involvement decreases when they have to work two or three full-time jobs to keep food on the table and a roof over their family’s heads. Students have more real-world problems to deal with at home, making it less important what Columbus did a couple hundred years ago, or what the Chinese were doing a thousand years ago, or even why a rainbow exists. Etc, etc, etc.
Teachers, what they are paid, and their teaching strategies are only a very small part of the problem. Placing the entire responsibly of our children’s education on the heads of the teachers will not solve the problem. It will only promote cheating on the part of teachers and administration in order to stay employed as has been shown in Georgia and many other cities across the nation.