Many students lack the intellectual prowess, the skill acquisition ability, and the desire to succeed in school. Sadly, some students lack all three of these qualities. Those with superior intellectual ability have a decided advantage over their peers. However, not every child hits the genetic lottery. More importantly, no child needs a genius-level IQ to succeed in school. Parents must provide children with the foundation needed to aptly acquire academic skills. A child with skills will excel in any academic setting. The most indispensable attribute a student needs is a strong work ethic. To succeed, every student must have the will to learn and compete. This is where parents have been most derelict.