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Let's make civics an important part of the high-school curriculum, but let's be realistic about what it can achieve.


There are 478 students for every one counselor nationwide.


The lack of amenities is enough to dissuade all but the most dedicated teachers from accepting positions in rural schools.


Integrating schools is seen by some parents as a threat to education quality.


A lawsuit to eliminate teacher tenure in Minnesota, with its impressive student performance, would be merely a power play.


No religion is exempt from promoting its values to students enrolled in its schools.


STEM is not, and can never be, the sum and substance of a well-rounded education.


Poverty is not destiny, but it affects learning in ways that make comparisons between schools unfair.


Does the same misbehavior trigger the same response by school officials when race is involved?


Admitting students to elite high schools should be based on proven academic ability.


Many parents reluctantly keep their children in underperforming schools simply because too much time and energy are required to make an informed decision.


If teachers are indeed overpaid and the job is such a plum, then why is there not a rush by the best college graduates into the profession?


Collaboration rather than competition works best in education because teachers thrive in an atmosphere of trust.


Even the best teachers cannot consistently overcome the chaotic backgrounds that disadvantaged students come from.


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