No amount of support will significantly improve academic ability for students of below average IQ.

It's not the race of the teacher that matters but the motivation of the student.

Unprecedented demands on teachers have created stress that is manifested in the high rate of absenteeism.

It's a myth that a college degree is indispensable for a gratifying life.

Schools of education need to provide candidates with much earlier exposure to classrooms.

If states want to avoid federal intervention, they need to look at the California model.

The best principals respect their faculty and treat them accordingly.

Charter schools play by a different set of rules, thereby making comparisons problematic.

Teaching in public schools today would have been unimaginable to my generation.

Pouring millions of dollars more each year into struggling schools won't make a significant difference as long as a traditional curriculum remains in place.

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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