In many ways, Department of Defense schools provide an ideal teaching environment.

Most teachers can run rings around most professors about how to design and implement lessons.

Let's make civics an important part of the high-school curriculum, but let's be realistic about what it can achieve.

There are 478 students for every one counselor nationwide.

The lack of amenities is enough to dissuade all but the most dedicated teachers from accepting positions in rural schools.

Integrating schools is seen by some parents as a threat to education quality.

A lawsuit to eliminate teacher tenure in Minnesota, with its impressive student performance, would be merely a power play.

No religion is exempt from promoting its values to students enrolled in its schools.

STEM is not, and can never be, the sum and substance of a well-rounded education.

Poverty is not destiny, but it affects learning in ways that make comparisons between schools unfair.

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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