Hedge Funders Get What Parents Allow

Parents don't like hedge fund billionaires, but they like the school choices that the hedge fund billionaires promise.


The Perennial Achievement Gap

Grit is used to explain why some young people overcome their disadvantages and move upward, but it's questionable if it is enough.


Educating Sexes Together or Apart?

If parents believe their children learn better in single-sex classes or single-sex schools, why is the American Civil Liberties Union involved in litigation?


Parental Choice Is Inevitable

K-12 education is a right, but with every right comes responsibilities.


Which Teachers Will Quit?

Retention is going to become more of a problem than recruitment in the years ahead as the reality of the classroom shatters the idealism of new teachers.


Love the Work or Love the Money?

There is hope for graduates who shun the traditional paths to wealth to follow their passion.


Parental Responsibility for Learning

No other country places so much emphasis on the rights of students and so little emphasis on their responsibilities.


Will Higher Teacher Salaries Pay Off?

What are the strings attached to starting salaries of $125,000 for TEP teachers?


Wrong Charge About Union-Run Schools

Running schools is not the reason that teachers' unions exist.


Substitute Teachers Get No Respect

With pressure mounting on teachers in today's accountability movement, increasing numbers of teachers will be calling for subs.


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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