Zero-Tolerance Policies on Way Out

Restorative justice balances the right of students to a second chance with the right of other students to an education in a safe environment.

Evaluating Pre-K Programs

Anything that can be done during the first five years of children's lives is an opportunity that must not be squandered.

Firing the Worst Teachers

There has always been an achievement gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds, and there always will even if tenure were abolished.

Moral Distress in Teachers

Moral distress occurs when teachers know what is ethically wrong but remain silent because of fear of retaliation.

Beware of State Takeovers of Schools

Schools alone cannot overcome the huge deficits that disadvantaged students bring to the classroom.

Parent-Child Talk Is Crucial

The way parents and their children verbally interact is crucial for later learning.

The Role of School Superintendents

Superintendents have little effect on student performance, but even that can backfire.

Teaching's Diminishing Appeal

Teaching in public schools is no longer fun.

The Charter School Paradox

Despite their uneven quality, charter schools are extremely popular among parents of all races.

Social Media and Teacher Professionalism

Teachers should restrict their comments to students solely to questions about subject matter when the school day is over.

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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