Self-selection largely determines why charter schools outperform traditional public schools.


What is happening is not educational reform in the sense of improving public schools but instead in the form of their privatization.


Can schools be sued when they fail to teach students how to read?


The pension crisis is created by the failure of lawmakers to fully fund their promises.


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.


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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