All students are educable, but there will always be a wide range of outcomes.

Teachers want to make their classes interesting, but they don't dare go too far if they want to remain employed.

It's a wonder anyone is willing to substitute in public schools.

Doing one's very best in school is good enough.

Court-supported parental choice is an opportunity for Catholic schools to compete with charter schools for students.

When education is considered an entitlement, it has unintended negative consequences.

The decrease in violence in city schools is no reason to remove metal detectors.

Individual needs and interests are compatible with definitions for literacy and numeracy.

The debate over the presence of teachers' unions in charter schools is a red herring.

Learning can take place in diverse classroom settings, but following certain basic rules is indispensable.

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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