Change is necessary in determining which teachers remain in the classroom, but the pendulum must not be allowed to swing too far the other way.

Substitute teachers deserve far more respect than they get.

It's hard to understand why parents who want the best education for their children persist in opposing efforts to shutter persistently failing neighborhood schools.

Regardless of the teacher, there will always be an achievement gap.

Restorative justice balances the right of students to a second chance with the right of other students to an education in a safe environment.

Anything that can be done during the first five years of children's lives is an opportunity that must not be squandered.

There has always been an achievement gap between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds, and there always will even if tenure were abolished.

Moral distress occurs when teachers know what is ethically wrong but remain silent because of fear of retaliation.

Schools alone cannot overcome the huge deficits that disadvantaged students bring to the classroom.

The way parents and their children verbally interact is crucial for later learning.

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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