Teaching to the Test Is Sound Pedagogy

There is a distinct difference between teaching to the broad body of knowledge and skills that a test attempts to measure and teaching to the actual questions on a test.


Private-School Parent Hypocrisy

Racial awareness workshops are no substitute for the experience of daily interacting with students from different races.


The Alleged Shortage of STEM Workers

It's important not to get carried away by alarmist claims about the shortage of STEM workers.


Responsibility for Homeless Students

It's one thing for teachers to be responsible for identifying homeless students but quite another to expect them to follow through.


Cash Prizes to Which Schools?

It's unrealistic to expect urban districts to compete with suburban districts.


Teaching Writing Poses Unique Challenges

The SAT writing section measures speed more than depth.


Lessons From Teach for America

Five weeks of training are hardly sufficient to prepare teachers for the realities of the classroom.


The Proper Use of Standardized Tests

Standardized tests provide invaluable diagnostic information, but that's not how they're being used.


How to Force Teachers to Resign

The best way to prevent principals from giving the worst classes to teachers they don't like for one reason or another is to have a policy of random assignment of students.


Parents Acting in Self-Interest Is Natural

Parents have the right - indeed, the duty - to send their children to any school that best meets their unique needs and interests.


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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