As long as local control of education exists, there will always be huge gaps between standardized test scores and classroom grades.

Literacy is more than an important outcome of education.

If teaching in public schools is such a plum, then why can't districts fill their classrooms?

Promises made to teachers constitute a contract that cannot be unilaterally altered.

Students tend to believe anything they read.

The principal's office as the province of members of the boys club is an anachronism.

The benefits of preschool will be sorely tested when students enter middle school.

Although genes are crucial, they do not work in a vacuum.

Despite massive funding from groups to mold public opinion against public schools, voters don't go along.

Total immersion in learning a new language still has a 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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