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?

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.

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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