Fiscal policy and corporate accountability play a far more important role than educational attainment in determining economic growth.

I don't know how children from impoverished backgrounds manage to get through the school day.

There are unavoidable costs associated with parental choice that are given short shrift.

The only way to draw valid inferences about test results is to allow sufficient time for teachers to adjust their instruction.

Students have to take responsibility for their part in learning.

Since students often lack maturity, schools err on the side of indoctrination, rather than on education.

The real question is whether students will receive a quality education as a result of the unprecedented changes slated for the new school year.

Quality and quantity cannot exist simultaneously in higher education.

Some old teachers are burned out and some new teachers are hotshots, but this is not an observation peculiar to education.

In our attempt to democratize higher education, we too often do a terrible disservice to students.

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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