Schools will improve little as long as we continue to give short shrift to what takes place in the lives of young people in their homes and neighborhoods.


No one who has not taught in a public school can possibly understand what teachers today are facing on a daily basis.


Diluting admissions standards to achieve racial diversity will affect educational quality.


Portraying teachers' unions as rigid obstructionists overlooks the facts.


Sex education can provide students with basic facts, without answering their personal questions.


The huge number of new teachers needed to replace retiring teachers means that quality is bound to be affected.


It's not hard to design a test that has a high likelihood of producing just about any outcome desired.


Public schools will not be recognizable two decades from now.


Admitting students with disabilities to private schools will require certain accommodations, but they will be more than offset by what these students bring to the classroom.


The only way teachers' unions can exist in anything other than an advisory capacity is to become part of the reform movement.


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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