If career and technical education were given greater support and recognition in schools, companies would not be able to make a credible case for bringing in foreign workers with H-1B visas.

Non-academic skills rank high in predicting success in any endeavor, but without basic academic skills they are not enough.

An exit exam certifies that a high-school diploma signifies possession of basic skills.

The accountability movement and relentless criticism have undermined teacher morale in a way that I've never seen before.

The SAT has to eliminate even the most important items that are answered correctly by too many students too often through effective instruction, which is antithetical to the purpose of schooling.

Parental choice is a force that will not be vanquished.

Only parents can decide if Success Academy meets the unique needs and interests of their children.

The lack of sophistication on the part of lay people and the lack of objectivity on the part of peer reviewers makes many education studies suspect.

How will students deal with a world after graduation that doesn't accommodate their feelings?

If competition is supposed to force failing schools to improve, then how to explain the situation in Detroit?

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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