The Teachers We Remember

The teachers remembered most fondly are those who cared deeply about their students as individuals.


Is Mental Trauma the New School Burden?

Mental trauma can be as harmful, or worse, than physical trauma, but mandated reporter laws already include the former.


Teacher Retention Is Harder Than Recruitment

Without student teaching experience, mentoring is not enough.


Should Kindergarten Be Mandatory?

Only parents can determine if their children are ready to attend kindergarten at age 5.


Gifted Students Deserve Greater Support

Only in the U.S. are gifted students treated like stepchildren.


Scapegoating Progressive Education

Progressive education is hardly faultless, but it has benefited some students who otherwise would be written off as hopeless.


Teacher Jails and Rubber Rooms Are a Travesty

It's vital to make a distinction between instructional incompetence and moral turpitude.


How Charter Schools Foil Teachers' Unions

If charter-school teachers are allegedly satisfied with working conditions, then why deny them the right to vote about unionization?


A Written Test Can't Measure Effective Teaching

Predictive value is more important than disparate impact in defending a written test for future teachers.


Income-Share Agreements Pay for College

Income-share agreements could wind up costing students more than traditional loans but are worthy of serious consideration.


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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