I wonder if teachers' unions would be as adamant in their opposition to the Common Core if the standardized tests were used strictly for diagnostic purposes and the results were never made public.

By reducing the list of vocabulary to "high-utility" words, the new SAT shortchanges students.

I don't believe that parental behavior has no benefit on academic performance any more than I believe that biology is destiny when it comes to health.

Administrators reflexively take the side of students in altercations with teachers.

Arts and music education are often the subjects that make a profound difference in the lives of young people.

The positive effects of universal prekindergarten will not be fully realized unless parents themselves are made part of it.

Real education involves subjecting students to ideas that by their very nature can make them feel uncomfortable.

Parental choice will primarily benefit parents who possess the wherewithal to navigate the system.

By attending class reunions, teachers will realize that their efforts have not been for naught.

One of the oldest propaganda techniques is repeating something so often that people eventually come to believe it.

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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