One of the oldest propaganda techniques is repeating something so often that people eventually come to believe it.

Children from impoverished backgrounds enter kindergarten already three months behind the national average in reading and never catch up, according to Education Department data. That comes as no surprise because new research shows that brain development is affected by the interaction between parents and children from as early as birth ("Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word," The New York Times, Mar. 26). Yet I think too little emphasis is placed on how parents converse with their children. A study by Meredith Rowe and Susan Goldin-Meadow of the University of Chicago found that gesturing, among other things, is ...

Mature career changers are an asset in the classroom because they've had their share of hard knocks.

Attitudes about learning are caught - not taught.

There are no shortcuts to teaching effectiveness.

I'm not arguing that what teachers wear is more important than their knowledge and skills, but I think it's worthwhile considering whether their apparel is a factor in student learning.

What's most important in finding a well-paying job today is one's major and the cachet of the college.

Is the ability to write anything substantial in 25 minutes realistic?

Seat time is arguably the least defensible method of instruction because it is based on the assumption that all students need a stipulated number of hours of instruction to learn subject matter.

Teachers still have no one in their corner when it comes to speaking out about unacceptable events at their school.

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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