It's important not to get carried away by alarmist claims about the shortage of STEM workers.

It's one thing for teachers to be responsible for identifying homeless students but quite another to expect them to follow through.

It's unrealistic to expect urban districts to compete with suburban districts.

The SAT writing section measures speed more than depth.

Five weeks of training are hardly sufficient to prepare teachers for the realities of the classroom.

Standardized tests provide invaluable diagnostic information, but that's not how they're being used.

The best way to prevent principals from giving the worst classes to teachers they don't like for one reason or another is to have a policy of random assignment of students.

Parents have the right - indeed, the duty - to send their children to any school that best meets their unique needs and interests.

If teaching is a sinecure, then why is teacher turnover so high?

Appropriate touching is one way for teachers to show their students that they genuinely care about them.

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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