What About Student Accountability?

Students have been led to believe that they have no responsibility whatsoever for learning.


Why Should Children Go to School?

Without adult supervision, children who are left alone to play could just as well behave like the children in Lord of the Flies.


The Easy Way to Teacher Certification

Certifying teachers based on short-cut routes makes a mockery of everything teaching stands for.


Tell Teacher Candidates the Truth

Teacher leavers say they haven't left the teaching profession but that the teaching profession has left them.


Self-Selection Bias at Charter Schools

Not all children have parents who are involved enough - if at all - in their education to take advantage of the choices open to them.


The Other Side of Teacher Tenure

Abolishing tenure would leave even exemplary teachers vulnerable to abusive principals.


Best Teaching Is Based on Relationships

Long after subject matter is forgotten, attitudes remain.


Professionalizing Teaching

Teachers in the U.S. spend at least twice as many hours in the classroom as teachers in countries whose students outperform ours on tests of international competition.


Atlanta Cheating Scandal Lessons

Standardized tests should be used strictly for diagnostic purposes, as in Finland.


International Tests Confuse Taxpayers

Researchers confuse taxpayers when they draw different conclusions about student performance on tests of international competition.


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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