If I had children, I'd advise them to take a hard look inside themselves to see if they've thought through the probable outcome of taking on heavy student debt for a degree that is not likely to open doors to their dream job.

Young people today can't write a clear 5-sentence memo devoid of grammatical and spelling errors.

Don't assume that Hispanics are a monolith when designing programs aimed at improving educational outcomes.

We do a terrible disservice to students when we try to protect them from failure.

Religion is a personal matter that should not be associated with a public school's official position.

What happens when teachers are trying, but students aren't buying?

Ethnic studies programs deserve a place in high school as long as they do not deliberately promote resentment.

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.

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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