Moral Distress in Teachers

Moral distress occurs when teachers know what is ethically wrong but remain silent because of fear of retaliation.

Beware of State Takeovers of Schools

Schools alone cannot overcome the huge deficits that disadvantaged students bring to the classroom.

Parent-Child Talk Is Crucial

The way parents and their children verbally interact is crucial for later learning.

The Role of School Superintendents

Superintendents have little effect on student performance, but even that can backfire.

Teaching's Diminishing Appeal

Teaching in public schools is no longer fun.

The Charter School Paradox

Despite their uneven quality, charter schools are extremely popular among parents of all races.

Social Media and Teacher Professionalism

Teachers should restrict their comments to students solely to questions about subject matter when the school day is over.

Class Size Matters

The situation in the Clark County School District is a perfect storm that serves as a reminder of how difficult it is for school officials to plan for changing conditions

Skepticism Over Rising Graduation Rates

Is Texas lowering its standards to raise its on-time graduation rate to an all-time high?

How to Grade Schools Fairly

No matter how clear the criteria, parents will always disagree with the findings because education is so personal.

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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