In the Jan. 3 letter “Teacher quality,” the writer took exception to comparing teacher success to SAS. While I agree a teacher’s “product” is her students, one can hardly compare children to a product that is conceived, produced and marketed under tightly controlled conditions.
A teacher has no control over the parentage (conception) of her students, no control over the in utero or home environment of her students. Student variability is inevitable. A successful company’s goal is consistent reliability in its product.
While no one desires the failure of even one student, we must be realistic and understand there are a variety of obstacles that interfere with success. Children are not inanimate products and cannot be compared with such.