Students have been led to believe that they have no responsibility whatsoever for learning.

Without adult supervision, children who are left alone to play could just as well behave like the children in Lord of the Flies.

Certifying teachers based on short-cut routes makes a mockery of everything teaching stands for.

Teacher leavers say they haven't left the teaching profession but that the teaching profession has left them.

Not all children have parents who are involved enough - if at all - in their education to take advantage of the choices open to them.

Abolishing tenure would leave even exemplary teachers vulnerable to abusive principals.

Long after subject matter is forgotten, attitudes remain.

Teachers in the U.S. spend at least twice as many hours in the classroom as teachers in countries whose students outperform ours on tests of international competition.

Standardized tests should be used strictly for diagnostic purposes, as in Finland.

Researchers confuse taxpayers when they draw different conclusions about student performance on tests of international competition.

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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