Foreign-Language Immersion Payoff

Foreign-language immersion has great potential for students at all grade levels.

Harder Tests for Teacher Licensing

The tests currently in use for teacher licensing have limited predictive value.

Due Process for Teachers Is Not Certain

Even if teachers prevail in defending themselves against absurd charges, the stress they endure and the stain on their reputation are often unbearable.

Closing Schools Can Boost Achievement

If a school cannot improve despite efforts over the years, it needs to be closed and students guaranteed enrollment in a better school.

Teacher Exodus Is No Surprise

The lack of professional autonomy will contribute to an accelerated flight of teachers from public schools.

Mr. Spock Was Teachers' Best Friend

Leonard Nimoy was a passionate supporter of public schools and their teachers.

Vocational Ed. Is Antidote to Visa Abuses

If career and technical education were given greater support and recognition in schools, companies would not be able to make a credible case for bringing in foreign workers with H-1B visas.

K-12 Students Need Basic Skills

Non-academic skills rank high in predicting success in any endeavor, but without basic academic skills they are not enough.

High School Exit Exams Are Still Needed

An exit exam certifies that a high-school diploma signifies possession of basic skills.

The Teacher Shortage Is Complicated

The accountability movement and relentless criticism have undermined teacher morale in a way that I've never seen before.

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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