Schools that rely strictly on phonics or whole language to teach reading do their students a disservice.

The sole purpose of a bachelor's degree should not be to get a well-paying job.

Not all teachers have the personality to carry guns, even after the best training.

Allowing teachers to choose the kind of pension plan suited to their needs would help attract more talented college graduates.

Does "highly qualified" refer only to knowledge of subject matter and mastery of pedagogy, or does cultural sensitivity also count?

Young people don't always possess the judgment to know what is proper attire.

Certain subjects are more appropriate for total immersion than others, but there is no one guaranteed right way.

It's altogether possible to teach subject matter well but to teach students to hate the subject matter in the process.

Poverty is the cause of lousy schools, not the other way around.

Rather than tinker with the admissions process to achieve a stipulated diversity goal in elite high schools, the answer is to improve the quality of the schools that blacks and Hispanics attend prior to applying.

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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