Admitting students to elite schools when they lack the aptitude to handle the work will shortchange all stakeholders.

The wall between church and state is slowly but surely being eroded by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Learning a strategic language often takes more than three times as many hours as romance languages, but the effort will pay off.

No strategy will ever satisfy all stakeholders in integrating schools.

Grit is a new name for an old concept.

Only teachers are legally permitted to change grades.

It's highly doubtful that the STEM teacher shortage can be fixed by career changers from the private sector.

Developing critical thinking skills cannot be done if teachers are prevented from using controversial issues.

Playtime enhances academic learning while building social skills.

The improvement in test scores and teacher morale in D.C. school is commendable, but it may be the result of the Hawthorne effect.

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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