Michelle Obama: Teachers Are Key To Successful Economy

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

We all remember the impact a special teacher had on us--a teacher who refused to let us fall through the cracks; who pushed us and believed in us when we doubted ourselves; who sparked in us a lifelong curiosity and passion for learning. So it's not surprising that studies show that the single most important factor affecting students' achievement is the caliber of their teachers.

And good teachers aren't just critical for the success of our students. They are the key to the success of our economy.

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