Teachers need more pay, districts need to update curriculum and technology, and parents need to let teachers do their job, rather than interfering and/or shifting the blame for their own bad parenting. Parents need to spend quality time with their kids regarding homework, and schools need to stay open longer to help kids get their work done when parents aren’t availbale. Also, administrators need to stand up to parents rather than taking their side so much. We need to extend the school year, and as a culture, we need to value learning. Our students need to be self-motivated and leave their toys at home. Finally, we need to restore the image and power of teachers and think of education as an investment. It DOES “take a village,” so partnerships are needed including kids, parents, teachers, administrations, school districts, teacher unions, government, and businesses.