The overwhelming focus of the teaching industry seems to be on equity – providing extra support for those in need to provide ‘fairness’ in education. While this is well-meaning, it is a questionable practice. Consider that certain poor groups (Jewish, Chinese, Japanese) in America rose out of poverty in the Twentieth Century, while others did not fair as well (the Irish, Ulster Scots, black Americans). Therefore, it does not follow that poverty is the major hurdle to be overcome, and that more funding is the solution. The common element in the groups that did emerge from poverty was a strong work ethic and a high value placed on education. The solution must come from within.