To obtain an instant boost in academic achievement, simply lower the standards. The poor state of public education in the US is not by accident but rather by design and the result is on display here ( go look at comments by posters like Allison). My son is a teacher, and is in a constant battle with administration over standards in the classroom. The curriculum is distorted, the pace set by the slowest student, and the lowest grade he can give is 60%. For zero work. Future dimocrats in training.