California's public schools, which were once the envy of the nation, are today some of the worst.

Further disaggregation of outcomes by race and culture will do little to improve educational quality.

Expecting teachers to accept salaries that fluctuate from year to year depending on the composition of student enrollment is going to make the profession even less attractive.

Soft skills are important, but they can never replace mastery of basic subject matter.

The potential for school slaughter exists in otherwise seemingly normal young men.

An innocent hug can be the basis for a charge of inappropriate touching between teacher and student.

Educational research may be entering a new era, where results are scrutinized more carefully than in the past.

High quality preschool, coupled with wraparound services, provide hope for narrowing the achievement gap.

If teachers could be fired at any time, where will their replacements come from?

Expressing oneself with proper grammar is considered hot in online dating.

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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