Ethics are caught, rather than taught.

How do we know who the good teachers are?

While training and education sometimes overlap, there is a distinct difference between the two that is lost in the debate over the worth of a college degree.

Right now charter schools are educational stars, but they play by a different set of rules than traditional public schools..

Teachers who are certified in science have knowledge that politicians do not.

Educational quality suffers in segregated schools, whether charter or traditional.

Philanthropists can't possibly grasp the enormity of the educational problems they are trying to solve.

The policy in the Los Angeles Unified School District of not charging teachers, but simply informing them that they are under investigation, has created a climate of fear that totally destroys morale.

Can a real education be provided to students when teachers are contractually forbidden from addressing certain real-life issues?

There is room for both democratization and differentiation in our schools, but so far most resources are earmarked for the former.

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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