If American schools are as bad as reformers claim, why do Chinese parents send their children here for an education?

When controlling for demographic factors, public schools are doing a better job academically than private schools.

If teachers are treated like tall children, they soon become demoralized, regardless of their knowledge of subject matter and pedagogy.

A healthy dose of skepticism is advised when comparing charter schools with traditional public schools because of different enrollment policies.

The best teachers understand the difference between education and indoctrination.

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.

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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