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.

What works in one district backfires in another, making the process of superintendent selection largely a matter of luck.

Before scapegoating teachers' unions, critics should be forced to spend two weeks teaching in an inner-city public school.

The changes in the GED have gone too far too fast.

The obsession with a bachelor's degree is shortchanging students whose interests and aptitudes are not academic.

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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