The most important thing is for new teachers to have realistic expectations.

Allowing hate to exist is guaranteed to undermine whatever else positive takes place in school.

Schools teach patriotism best when they permit students the freedom to follow their conscience.

Seat time is not necessarily linked to achievement.

Elementary school teachers prepare lesson that seem simple to adults in terms of subject matter, but they are actually harder in terms of pedagogy.

If American schools are as bad as reformers claim, why do Chinese parents send their children here for an education?

When controlling for demographic factors, public schools are doing a better job academically than private schools.

If teachers are treated like tall children, they soon become demoralized, regardless of their knowledge of subject matter and pedagogy.

A healthy dose of skepticism is advised when comparing charter schools with traditional public schools because of different enrollment policies.

The best teachers understand the difference between education and indoctrination.

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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