Most Likely to Succeed
This is just plain good writing, of the pleasure-to-read variety: Malcolm Gladwell absolutely nails it in his New Yorker article Most Likely to Succeed. For anyone wanting to understand the shape of the problem American public education has with finding good teachers (beyond the fact that we’re underpaid) this is a great introduction. If you’re not a football fan, please don’t be put off by the introduction. His choice of secondary story is a deft analogy, and no students are actually tackled during the article.
[Followup: Gladwell has a coda posted on his blog.]