Non-Illness Absences Hurt Learning

Regardless of the reasons for non-illness absences, the burden to make up the work missed is always on the teachers.

Beware of School Reconstitution

Reconstitution makes all teachers vulnerable to favoritism.

Tax-Credit Scholarships=Trojan Horse

Tax-credit scholarships are an end-run around the will of the people.

The Efficiency Index

If efficiency is the best way to evaluate schools, why not just put all teachers on straight commission?

What Makes a Teacher Great?

So much of the connection between teachers and students is the result of chemistry, which no school of education can teach.

Sex Imbalance in Teaching

Recruiting more men into the classroom will not change the attitude of most people who still regard teaching as a sinecure.

Career Advancement in the Classroom

The fact that the Baltimore Teachers Union approved the new pay system is further evidence that teachers' unions are not obstructionists.

More Class Time Is Questionable

Positive results in the short run do not necessarily prevail in the long run.

What About Student Accountability?

Students have been led to believe that they have no responsibility whatsoever for learning.

Why Should Children Go to School?

Without adult supervision, children who are left alone to play could just as well behave like the children in Lord of the Flies.

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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