Education should be a partnership between teachers, family and community. Unfortunately, the last two have been given a pass, leaving the entire burden on teachers. During the 28 years that I taught English in the same high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I saw how impossible it is for teachers alone to do their job. No matter how much time and effort I put into preparing lessons, without the support of parents it didn’t matter. That’s why I’ve written before in this column that so much of any teacher’s effectiveness depends on the students the teacher happens to inherit.