The problem for those who have never taught is that they know only what they read or hear about schools in the media.

I cannot understand why guidance counselors deserve even less free-speech protection than classroom teachers.

It's incumbent on teachers to make it clear at the outset what their students will be expected to do at the conclusion of instruction.

The best teachers avoid schools with large numbers of disadvantaged students because teaching there is extraordinarily hard.

How would parents who reject vaccinations feel if their decision caused their children to die?

Regardless of the reasons for non-illness absences, the burden to make up the work missed is always on the teachers.

Reconstitution makes all teachers vulnerable to favoritism.

Tax-credit scholarships are an end-run around the will of the people.

If efficiency is the best way to evaluate schools, why not just put all teachers on straight commission?

So much of the connection between teachers and students is the result of chemistry, which no school of education can teach.

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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