The real need is to produce students who can speak strategic languages such as Mandarin, Arabic, Korean and Farsi.


We do a disservice to young people to lead them to believe that a G.E.D. certificate is the equivalent of a high school education.


If reformers have their way, all teachers will be subject to dismissal.


Delaying enrollment in kindergarten, except for the most compelling reasons, is counterproductive.


Success in life is not strictly a matter of academic mastery.


In the final analysis, the buck stops with parents who are responsible for getting their children to class.


Supply and demand are going to win out in the salary wars ahead.


Athletics are an anachronism in today's academic accountability movement.


Self-esteem grates on my ears.


Frequent short tests cannot yield big educational benefits unless they attempt to measure the desired outcomes.


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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