Total abstinence will prevent sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies, but so will locking young people in a basement.

If standardized tests were used strictly for diagnostic purposes, would the opt-out movement exist?

Under the eyes of a qualified teacher, play can be educational.

Even if more students could be convinced to study a strategic foreign language, finding qualified teachers remains a huge problem.

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.

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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