Having taught at the same school for more years than I care to admit, I recently came across a lot of former students and parents at a recent school carnival. After hours of talking and finding some are in top colleges, one in jail, and many in places somewhere in-between, I could see a very clear pattern of why many succeeded and others did not. Nearly all who succeeded came from supportive families and all who did not came from broken families with non-supportive parents. I know this isn't surprising that parents were the #1 factor on how these former students turned out. I just think somehow we as a nation have forgotten that it is not standardized testing, fancy buildings, a new curriculum, or some new fad that will save education. We must somehow help parents see their vital role in the process. Your thoughts?