Learning a foreign language pays off both economically and psychologically.

Out-of-school factors play an inordinate role in what students can achieve.

If we ever expect to recruit and retain top talent to schools, it's time to stop portraying public school teachers as leeches that suck the financial blood out of states.

Substituting one level of control for another has done little to improve student performance.

Corporate reformers speak with forked tongue about performance pay for teachers.

For students who have neither the interest, aptitude or means for a bachelor's degree, a certificate program can be the best choice.

Why not hire unemployed actors and actresses to play the various roles of students to better prepare new teachers?

Tolerance, like so many values, is caught - not taught.

I challenge those who think that teachers have it easy to teach for one week in a public school.

Teachers shortchange students by avoiding straightforward comments about their work.

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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