If efficiency is the best way to evaluate schools, why not just put all teachers on straight commission?

So much of the connection between teachers and students is the result of chemistry, which no school of education can teach.

Recruiting more men into the classroom will not change the attitude of most people who still regard teaching as a sinecure.

The fact that the Baltimore Teachers Union approved the new pay system is further evidence that teachers' unions are not obstructionists.

Positive results in the short run do not necessarily prevail in the long run.

Students have been led to believe that they have no responsibility whatsoever for learning.

Without adult supervision, children who are left alone to play could just as well behave like the children in Lord of the Flies.

Certifying teachers based on short-cut routes makes a mockery of everything teaching stands for.

Teacher leavers say they haven't left the teaching profession but that the teaching profession has left them.

Not all children have parents who are involved enough - if at all - in their education to take advantage of the choices open to them.

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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