Only teachers are legally permitted to change grades.

It's highly doubtful that the STEM teacher shortage can be fixed by career changers from the private sector.

Developing critical thinking skills cannot be done if teachers are prevented from using controversial issues.

Playtime enhances academic learning while building social skills.

The improvement in test scores and teacher morale in D.C. school is commendable, but it may be the result of the Hawthorne effect.

School officials need to first get parent buy-in if they expect their dress policies to work.

The nation's obsession with college is beginning to show cracks.

Today's students are more sophisticated than past generations, which requires new strategies to engage them.

Parents are heavily swayed by their philosophy about preschool in making a choice.

If studies show a clear cause-and-effect relationship between a shorter school week and higher student performance, more districts will be receptive.

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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