If teachers' unions are the villain, why do states where they are strongest post the highest NAEP scores and conversely why do states where they are weakest post the lowest NAEP scores?


The evidence to date does not support the view that pre-K programs can produce lasting academic and social benefits.


We do a terrible disservice to teachers who are compared to heroes on the big screen.


I wish Carmen Fariña well as chancellor, but far too much is expected of her in light of the realities of the city she serves.


I wonder if seniors who opt for a trade instead of a degree are not going to have the last laugh.


Social Darwinism and the trickle-down theory have not helped the majority of parents get a better education for their children.


Written evaluation of teachers by students should be permitted, provided they include specific evidence and are not anonymous.


Education is more complex than standardized test scores.


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.


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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