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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness | Edutopia

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Myth #1: Teachers Are the Most Important Influence on a Child’s EducationOf course teachers are extremely important. Good teachers make a significant difference in achievement. But research indicates that less than 30 percent of a student's academic success is attributable to schools and teachers. The most significant variable is socioeconomic status, followed by the neighborhood, the psychological quality of the home environment, and the support of physical health provided. There are others, but the bottom line is that teachers have far less power to improve student achievement than do varied outside factors.

How the child spends her or his time outside school is the #1 influencer. 

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