Draconian Teacher-Licensing Proposal

Making licensing totally dependent on supervisors' ratings will backfire by discouraging top talent from making teaching a career.

The Maddening College Admissions Game

Admission to elite colleges has never been based on pure meritocracy.

The Controversy Over Remedial Courses

All the Education Department cares about is boosting the number of students with a college degree regardless of what it stands for.

Teachers Are Not Superhuman

There are simply not enough teachers willing to give up their personal lives to produce the results demanded.

Sex Ed Remains Controversial

Doesn't accountability in public schools also apply to the responsibility to teach frankly about sex?

Assigning Teachers Fairly

Teachers cannot be forced to accept assignments to schools, but they can be made an offer they can't refuse.

Testing Gone Wild

Testing every day can be highly effective to learning as long as it is done correctly.

Teachers Deserve Voice in Job Rules

Change is necessary in determining which teachers remain in the classroom, but the pendulum must not be allowed to swing too far the other way.

Let's Hear It for Substitute Teachers

Substitute teachers deserve far more respect than they get.

Closing Failing Schools

It's hard to understand why parents who want the best education for their children persist in opposing efforts to shutter persistently failing neighborhood schools.

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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