Tax-Supported Religious Schools

No religion is exempt from promoting its values to students enrolled in its schools.


STEM Obsession Shortchanges Students

STEM is not, and can never be, the sum and substance of a well-rounded education.


No Miracles at Inner-City Schools

Poverty is not destiny, but it affects learning in ways that make comparisons between schools unfair.


Same Offense But Different Penalty

Does the same misbehavior trigger the same response by school officials when race is involved?


'Exam Schools' Provoke Controversy

Admitting students to elite high schools should be based on proven academic ability.


Parents as Education Consumers

Many parents reluctantly keep their children in underperforming schools simply because too much time and energy are required to make an informed decision.


Teacher Pay Is Poorly Understood

If teachers are indeed overpaid and the job is such a plum, then why is there not a rush by the best college graduates into the profession?


Better Use of Test Scores

Collaboration rather than competition works best in education because teachers thrive in an atmosphere of trust.


Why Good High Schools Go Bad

Even the best teachers cannot consistently overcome the chaotic backgrounds that disadvantaged students come from.


Are Behavior-Tracking Apps Too Much?

Gold stars and detention were behavior apps a generation ago.


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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