Credit recovery is an educational travesty that shortchanges students and undermines confidence in the value of a high-school diploma.

Sir Ken Robinson breaks no new ground about creative schools.

Vocational education in high school needs to be accorded far greater respect if the goal is to produce productive citizens.

Magnet schools offer a far better alternative than charter schools.

Instead of ratings, it's more productive to have teachers meet regularly with their evaluators to improve instruction.

When students see a connection between graduation requirements and their interests, they are far less likely to act out or drop out.

A well designed personality test can help teachers decide if they have realistic expectations about the classroom.

Most parents do not have the courage of their convictions to opt out of standardized testing when their own children are involved.

More nonwhite teachers are needed because of the importance of students identifying with their teachers.

Public schools in this country are on the threshold of a new era if the results of a California poll are any indication.

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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