Closing schools for any reason other than performance or safety shortchanges students.

Schools can get better only if we first agree on what they should do.

College as a vehicle for upward mobility is filled with obstacles for the poor.

In a society where wealth is the only barometer of success, teachers call the measure into question.

Strict academic merit has never been the sole basis for college admissions and scholarships.

For-profit schools put interests of investors ahead of students.

Seniority is needed because not all principals have principles.

If teachers have to wonder if their students have guns, their instruction invariably suffers.

Rankings on tests of international competition are poor indicators of educational quality.

A stiffer written exam for licensing will do little to improve teacher quality.

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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