Requirements to become a teacher or lawyer need to be revised in light of common sense.

Teachers who oppose political lobbying by unions should refuse to accept higher salaries that negotiations bring.

Parents feel disrespected when their opinions are given short shrift about school closings.

The drop in the rate of teacher turnover is more nuanced than it appears at first glance.

Despite changes over the years in the SAT, the major goal is to engineer score spread so that test-takers can be ranked.

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.

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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