Trying to engineer equal patterns of performance between groups is a noble but futile quest.

Even when state constitutions explicitly restrict public funds for use in public schools, the law is violated.

As long as the primary goal of the SAT is to rank test-takers, the results have poor predictive value.

I'm always open to evidence that miracles can occur, but so far New Orleans is not Lourdes.

The teachers remembered most fondly are those who cared deeply about their students as individuals.

Mental trauma can be as harmful, or worse, than physical trauma, but mandated reporter laws already include the former.

Without student teaching experience, mentoring is not enough.

Only parents can determine if their children are ready to attend kindergarten at age 5.

Only in the U.S. are gifted students treated like stepchildren.

Progressive education is hardly faultless, but it has benefited some students who otherwise would be written off as hopeless.

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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