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June 17, 2011

Holding Parents Accountable for School Failure

Education ideally is a partnership between teachers, parents and students, as the best schools readily acknowledge. But reformers give short shrift to the role that parents play, preferring instead to blame teachers when schools underperform. Yet there is a faint glimmer of hope on the horizon. A...

February 19, 2010

The Hits Just Keep on Coming in Makeover of Schools

In my first post, I wrote about the exclusion of teachers from the Race to the Top initiative and the danger this practice poses for education. The latest example was a cover story in The New York Times Magazine of Feb. 14. It focused on the Texas State Board of Education, which is considered the m...

February 16, 2010

Teachers Are Potted Palms in School Reform

Today is the debut of Walt Gardner's Reality Check. I'd like to mark the occasion with a note for readers who are unfamiliar with my work. For the past 17 years I've written about education for major newspapers and magazines around the globe. (Google me for a small sample.) I did so because I felt ...



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