Grading Teachers Is Counterproductive

Instead of ratings, it's more productive to have teachers meet regularly with their evaluators to improve instruction.


High School Exit Exam Alternatives

When students see a connection between graduation requirements and their interests, they are far less likely to act out or drop out.


Personality Tests for Teacher Candidates

A well designed personality test can help teachers decide if they have realistic expectations about the classroom.


Opting In to Standardized Testing

Most parents do not have the courage of their convictions to opt out of standardized testing when their own children are involved.


Teachers' Ethnicity Matters

More nonwhite teachers are needed because of the importance of students identifying with their teachers.


Is California a Bellwether for Teachers?

Public schools in this country are on the threshold of a new era if the results of a California poll are any indication.


Gifted Students Are Still Stepchildren

No other country in the industrialized world pays so little attention to its gifted students as the U.S.


Parent-Choice Proposals Spread

Parental frustration and anger have become too great for the present system of education to continue unchallenged.


Student Discipline Is Still Controversial

Sometimes - not always - getting students to apologize for their misconduct and making them understand the seriousness of their actions are more effective than anything else.


The Atlanta Cheating Scandal Verdict

Instead of abolishing standardized tests, let's use them strictly for diagnostic purposes as Finland does.


The opinions expressed in Walt Gardner's Reality Check are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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