Teachers need ample paid days off to maintain their physical and mental health.

Idealism is not enough to prepare new teachers for the realities of the classroom.

A rigorous classical education is not suitable for most high schools in the country.

Public schools are supposed to be answerable to voters - not to for-profit corporations alone.

It's time to reconsider eliminating 12th grade because young people today are more sophisticated than ever before.

Ill thought out action about closing failing schools is worse than no action at all.

Although districts serving needy students deserve more per-pupil funding than those serving affluent students, it's still important to have realistic expectations about outcomes.

If discipline is revamped to avoid violating the disparate impact standard, black students who want to learn will be hurt the most.

Are variations in IQ inherited or developed?

Public schools won't be recognizable a decade or so from now as commodification accelerates.

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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