Bob Valiant is right on (Letters, March 11). If you are going to evaluate someone's contribution to a child's education as a measure of success or not, try parents. That is where it all starts and the ultimate responsibility and accountability rests.
If they do not appreciate the value of an education, do not foster an appropriate ethic, are not involved with their children's experience, are not communicative with the teachers and schools or plainly do not give a damn, do not expect our "babysitting day care" monitors (teachers) to have much of an impact. If kids are failing, start putting the blame where it belongs and quit trying to solve the educational crisis by blaming teachers and just throwing money at the problem.
CRAIG LIEBLER, Kennewick