Even in an area where the public schools are considered to be excellent, after years of success in which I worked my way to having top classes I was given students who could not do fifth grade math, as tested at the beginning of the year. I could get no help from the administration with disciplne. I worked harder than I ever had with any other students with little success. The administration blamed me and I took early retirement to save both my mental and physcial health. My point is two fold. Those students should never have been passed on into high school and without disciplinary support no teacher can achieve what Obama believe an edict will attain.