There are no miracles in education reform, as much as we want to believe in them.

Writing under pressure is de rigueur for professional journalists, but it is unrealistic for high school seniors.

Is it defensible to deprive students of a high school diploma based on subjective scoring of an exit exam?

Students are not being shortchanged by tracking when it is implemented at the appropriate level.

Magnet schools offer all the benefits of charter schools without the downsides.

In the long run, it's not the cachet of the institution that matters but what students put into their studies.

Grit will get students only so far in achieving success in educational settings.

Although teachers are sometimes seen as deserving of special protection, that sentiment will not prevail down the road under incessant criticism.

Avoiding disparate-discipline outcomes, regardless of actual student behavior, is a prescription for disaster.

It's doubtful that personal videos and the like are evidence of reading and writing skills.

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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