Where Talent Outweighs Academics

Without innate ability, all the instruction and practice in the world cannot develop the talent seen in the performing arts.

Common-Core Overreaction

I wonder if teachers' unions would be as adamant in their opposition to the Common Core if the standardized tests were used strictly for diagnostic purposes and the results were never made public.

Questioning Vocabulary Items on New SAT

By reducing the list of vocabulary to "high-utility" words, the new SAT shortchanges students.

Parental-Involvement Caveats

I don't believe that parental behavior has no benefit on academic performance any more than I believe that biology is destiny when it comes to health.

Blame the Teacher in Altercations

Administrators reflexively take the side of students in altercations with teachers.

Art Education Is a Stepchild

Arts and music education are often the subjects that make a profound difference in the lives of young people.

Parents as Educators Begins at Birth

The positive effects of universal prekindergarten will not be fully realized unless parents themselves are made part of it.

Banning Books Hurts Students

Real education involves subjecting students to ideas that by their very nature can make them feel uncomfortable.

Parental Choice Downside

Parental choice will primarily benefit parents who possess the wherewithal to navigate the system.

Class Reunions Are Good for Teachers

By attending class reunions, teachers will realize that their efforts have not been for naught.

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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