There is a school of thought that proclaims that all America needs is more outstanding teachers. I cannot overemphasize the importance of teacher skill. Excellent teachers are excellent because they can meet the differing needs of the students in their classes. A telling article from the LA Times The Myth of the Extraordinary Teacher further elucidates the plight of a teacher working in circumstances that she cannot control and is still expected to get to know each student in order to foster excellence in the classroom. Outstanding teaching is an important factor in quality education, but attention needs to be paid to the multitude of other variables upon which education quality is balanced. Only then will our educational system be improved.