To the editors:
Like many schools around the country, many Philadelphia schools are in need of a Messiah-like resurrection. While recent data may suggest that our children are making gains, failure is still the norm in many of Philly's public schools.
The logical question would be why?
Sure, unruly students can make teaching and learning difficult. Sure, many of our schools crave renovations and greater resources, and many Home and School Associations need resuscitation.
But that being said, the words of President Barack Obama come to mind: "From the moment our children step into a classroom, the single most important factor in determining their achievement is not the color of their skin or where they come from; it's not who their parents are or how much money they have. It's who their teacher is. It's you."
Educators can make the difference between success and failure, evoke hope in times of despair, trample hate with love, and break down barriers to learning.
Daninia A. Jordan
The writer is a Philadelphia public school teacher.