Parental-Involvement Caveats

I don't believe that parental behavior has no benefit on academic performance any more than I believe that biology is destiny when it comes to health.

Blame the Teacher in Altercations

Administrators reflexively take the side of students in altercations with teachers.

Art Education Is a Stepchild

Arts and music education are often the subjects that make a profound difference in the lives of young people.

Parents as Educators Begins at Birth

The positive effects of universal prekindergarten will not be fully realized unless parents themselves are made part of it.

Banning Books Hurts Students

Real education involves subjecting students to ideas that by their very nature can make them feel uncomfortable.

Parental Choice Downside

Parental choice will primarily benefit parents who possess the wherewithal to navigate the system.

Class Reunions Are Good for Teachers

By attending class reunions, teachers will realize that their efforts have not been for naught.

The Big Lie About Public Schools

One of the oldest propaganda techniques is repeating something so often that people eventually come to believe it.

How to Talk to One's Children

Children from impoverished backgrounds enter kindergarten already three months behind the national average in reading and never catch up, according to Education Department data. That comes as no surprise because new research shows that brain development is affected by the interaction between parents and children from as early as birth ("Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word," The New York Times, Mar. 26). Yet I think too little emphasis is placed on how parents converse with their children. A study by Meredith Rowe and Susan Goldin-Meadow of the University of Chicago found that gesturing, among other things, is ...

Teaching as a Career Change

Mature career changers are an asset in the classroom because they've had their share of hard knocks.

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

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