Can Anything Save Detroit Schools?

If competition is supposed to force failing schools to improve, then how to explain the situation in Detroit?

Get Real About Sex Education

Total abstinence will prevent sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies, but so will locking young people in a basement.

Assessing the Opt-Out Movement

If standardized tests were used strictly for diagnostic purposes, would the opt-out movement exist?

Formal Instruction in Early Childhood Is Harmful

Under the eyes of a qualified teacher, play can be educational.

The Foreign-Language Crisis in Schools

Even if more students could be convinced to study a strategic foreign language, finding qualified teachers remains a huge problem.

How to Fix Unnecessary Licensure Rules

Requirements to become a teacher or lawyer need to be revised in light of common sense.

Teachers' Unions Sued for Politicking

Teachers who oppose political lobbying by unions should refuse to accept higher salaries that negotiations bring.

Closing Schools Remains Controversial

Parents feel disrespected when their opinions are given short shrift about school closings.

Teacher Turnover Is Confusing

The drop in the rate of teacher turnover is more nuanced than it appears at first glance.

Do SAT Prep Courses Pay Off?

Despite changes over the years in the SAT, the major goal is to engineer score spread so that test-takers can be ranked.

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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