Reihan Salam observes that "achievement gap thinking allows the vast majority of
middle-class parents to remain complacent about their own mediocre
schools while focusing attention on a handful of dysfunctional urban
school districts that educate a minority of America’s K-12 students.
This complacency suits suburban America’s elected officials and school
administrators, as it allows them to avoid contentious battles over
truly innovative instructional models that could rattle the status quo."