Eliminating PE when budgets are tight shortchanges students in ways that do not show up until years later.

Better parental practices can help compensate for the uneven playing field, but they can't eliminate it.

Teachers and principals can do only so much to help struggling students before their own health suffers.

Blacks are no more a monolith than other races.

Teachers unions are scapegoats for low student performance.

The personality of teachers overrides any prescribed set of rules regarding classroom discipline.

What's taking place in California is nothing less than a quiet revolution in education.

When students see no connection between school and their lives, they tend to drop out or act out.

Demonizing teachers has undermined morale, leading to their exit from the classroom.

We've been wildly oversold on the value of a college degree.

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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