When teachers form a personal bond with their students, it has the potential to improve attendance.

Until I read about a surefire way of keeping schools safe while at the same time protecting student dignity, I'll continue to support metal detector wanding.

If I had been more aware of cultural factors, I would have designed my lesson plans differently.

It's important not to let philanthropic organizations dictate school reform.

Professionally trained inspectors using the proper rubric can provide invaluable information to all stakeholders.

Vouchers used at private schools don't always produce superior student performance.

Educational historians are going to look back at our obsession with college with puzzlement.

Rather than demonize standardized tests, improve their quality and use them for diagnostic purposes.

No state can fully control factors in the homes and neighborhoods of students that are responsible for differences in student performance.

Emotional intelligence can go only so far in achieving success in school.

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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