Students are not being shortchanged by tracking when it is implemented at the appropriate level.

Magnet schools offer all the benefits of charter schools without the downsides.

In the long run, it's not the cachet of the institution that matters but what students put into their studies.

Grit will get students only so far in achieving success in educational settings.

Although teachers are sometimes seen as deserving of special protection, that sentiment will not prevail down the road under incessant criticism.

Avoiding disparate-discipline outcomes, regardless of actual student behavior, is a prescription for disaster.

It's doubtful that personal videos and the like are evidence of reading and writing skills.

Gifted students in this country are treated as stepchildren.

Tests have to be designed with the same care as drugs are developed.

The academic achievement gap will always exist, not only within groups but between groups.

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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