Graduates will quickly learn, whether in college or the workplace, that they will be evaluated in one way or another.

So much of a teacher's effectiveness depends on the kind of students assigned.

Once students were viewed as customers, no demands were too outrageous.

Pre-testing can help identify what teachers have actually taught in their classes rather than what students have brought to their classes.

A school year with one-week breaks distributed periodically would enhance learning.

Issuing different high school diplomas is recognition of reality.

Higher salaries might help recruit the best college graduates to teaching, but they are not enough to retain top talent.

Great teachers are virtuosos who cannot be made by even the best schools of education.

Knowledge alone is not enough to be effective in a public school classroom.

No lecture or textbook can ever compete with a well planned field trip.

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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