At no time in American history have classroom teachers been subjected to as much pressure from outsiders about what and how they teach.


So much of the success of teachers depends on the students they happen to inherit, rather than on the quality of the education schools they attended.


Teach for America's noblesse oblige has irresistible appeal for the media.


Without innate ability, all the instruction and practice in the world cannot develop the talent seen in the performing arts.


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.


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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