The research is about quality of instruction. Excellent instruction resulted in student success. Excellent instruction was a result of teachers having a sense of mission and purpose, being dedicated and loving and caring for children. I would expect no less. If teachers are preparing to teach without this sense of mission and purpose, belief in all children, and a dedication to make a difference in the lives of children, reform in this area is needed. I am confident, however, that a sense of mission and purpose, etc. is necessary but not sufficient. -LF

Collin Responds:
A sense of mission, purpose and a caring orientation towards children is not the complete "package" required to be successful with children. I see it merely as the building block upon which excellent instruction is enacted. Without the sense of mission and purpose, teachers burnout pretty quickly, even if academic success is being achieved.