There is no surefire formula for success in the classroom because what works well in one school may not work well in another.


Academic courses have no monopoly on developing self-esteem by mastering skills and leadership traits.


It's a stretch to believe that tests of international competition predict a country's economic health.


Self-selection largely determines why charter schools outperform traditional public schools.


What is happening is not educational reform in the sense of improving public schools but instead in the form of their privatization.


Can schools be sued when they fail to teach students how to read?


The pension crisis is created by the failure of lawmakers to fully fund their promises.


High-flying schools deserve praise for their accomplishments, but I remain skeptical about their scalability.


The NEA's problem is to convince teachers that its new salary schedule is fair, or it will not fly.


Learning should be its own reward.


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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