High-flying schools deserve praise for their accomplishments, but I remain skeptical about their scalability.

The NEA's problem is to convince teachers that its new salary schedule is fair, or it will not fly.

Learning should be its own reward.

It's easy to forget that poor families, particularly those newly arrived in this country, too often don't know how to reinforce learning.

It's hard to understand how critical thinking skills can be developed if students are shielded from controversial issues.

Until we recognize teaching as a profession every bit as vital as medicine and law, and show that we mean it, the most creative advertising campaign will fall short of its objectives.

Equal funding for students is not the answer because non-English speaking and special education students need greater funding.

Teachers are not motivated by the same incentives that shape behavior in every other area.

If I had children, I would be open to a gap year, provided they had a realistic vision of what it entailed.

The most important thing is for new teachers to have realistic expectations.

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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