Parental frustration and anger have become too great for the present system of education to continue unchallenged.

Sometimes - not always - getting students to apologize for their misconduct and making them understand the seriousness of their actions are more effective than anything else.

Instead of abolishing standardized tests, let's use them strictly for diagnostic purposes as Finland does.

Technology can never replace the personal relationship that invariably develops between inspired teachers and their students.

It's little wonder that students are turned off to the curriculum when we cave in so easily to complaints about controversial material.

Parents don't like hedge fund billionaires, but they like the school choices that the hedge fund billionaires promise.

Grit is used to explain why some young people overcome their disadvantages and move upward, but it's questionable if it is enough.

If parents believe their children learn better in single-sex classes or single-sex schools, why is the American Civil Liberties Union involved in litigation?

K-12 education is a right, but with every right comes responsibilities.

Retention is going to become more of a problem than recruitment in the years ahead as the reality of the classroom shatters the idealism of new teachers.

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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