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No Free Speech for Guidance Counselors

I cannot understand why guidance counselors deserve even less free-speech protection than classroom teachers.

Student Disappointment Over Grades

It's incumbent on teachers to make it clear at the outset what their students will be expected to do at the conclusion of instruction.

Getting the Best Teachers Into the Worst Schools

The best teachers avoid schools with large numbers of disadvantaged students because teaching there is extraordinarily hard.

The Danger of Personal-Belief Exemption

How would parents who reject vaccinations feel if their decision caused their children to die?

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.

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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