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.

Latino reading skills are not dependent on textbooks with familiar images.

When students understand exactly what is expected of them, cheating is less likely to occur.

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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