Middle-class American children attending well-financed schools outscore nearly
all other countries. But our overall scores are unspectacular because we have
such a high percentage of children living in poverty.
Increasing pressure on teachers and parents will not significantly improve
achievement, but if we can protect children from the effects of poverty,
American tests scores will be at the top of the world.
The writer is professor emeritus at the University of Southern California
Rossier School of Education.
— Stephen Krashen