Arts and Culture

Early education is not child’s play

Early education is not child’s play

Reggio Emilia exhibit offers preschool teachers chance to learn innovative approach

AS PARENTS, TAXPAYERS, and legislators consider how best to invest in early childhood, we need more clarity about what a high-quality preschool program looks like and we need to train – and compensate – teachers so they can deliver the early education that young children deserve. While there are lots of lovely and nurturing programs,(...)

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Leonard Bernstein’s legacy in Lawrence

Leonard Bernstein’s legacy in Lawrence

Students are learning the universal language of music

This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before. –Leonard Bernstein   ON A RECENT AUGUST DAY, students gathered around a piano on a stage at Lawrence High School. They were rehearsing the forthcoming production of “West Side Story,” written by a composer born just(...)

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Common Core’s slashing of fiction drains life out of schools

Common Core’s slashing of fiction drains life out of schools

Students missing out on great writers who ignite imagination and can transform lives

“LIVE, THEN, AND be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget,” reads The Count of Monte Cristo by French novelist Alexandre Dumas, “that… all human wisdom is contained in these two words, – ‘Wait and hope.’” Today marks the birthday of Monsieur Dumas, the genius of 19th-century romantic historical fiction, whose other masterworks(...)

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Keeping Somerville cool

Keeping Somerville cool

For Greg Jenkins, the arts encompass just about everything, even Marshmallow Fluff

PHOTOS BY FRANK CURRAN SOMERVILLE MAYOR JOSEPH CURTATONE likes to be bold. “I always tell Greg, bring me something no one else has done and that’s really off the wall,” he says. Greg, in this case, is Gregory Jenkins, the executive director of the Somerville Arts Council. Jenkins generally does what his boss tells him(...)

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Renaming Faneuil Hall would not erase history

Renaming Faneuil Hall would not erase history

We always reconsider the past in the light of new perspectives

IN A LOCAL TV news station poll this month, more than 90 percent of viewers opposed renaming Faneuil Hall, an iconic civic edifice in Boston which has been a magnet for tourist and elementary school day-trippers. Yet, all across the nation, large cities and small municipalities are taking sure-footed measures toward removing or renaming monuments,(...)

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Funny, not funny

Funny, not funny

ABC's Roseanne reboot has been canceled after racist comments were tweeted by the show's star

Comedy is in the eye of the beholder. This wasn’t funny. ABC canceled the wildly popular reboot of the “Roseanne” show after its namesake, Roseanne Barr, tweeted out a stunningly tasteless and racist comment about Valerie Jarrett, the former advisor and close friend of former president Barack Obama. Barr is an unabashed supporter of President Trump and(...)

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A missing pair of Sox

A missing pair of Sox

Team removes plaques honoring former owner and GM over alleged racism

AMID ALL THE FUROR over changing the name of Yawkey Way to Jersey Street because of the alleged racist attitudes of the late Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, the team has quietly removed plaques at an entrance to Fenway Park honoring the longtime owner as well as that of former general manager Eddie Collins, who(...)

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City Hall skating fees raise some eyebrows

City Hall skating fees raise some eyebrows

For family of four, with skate rentals, the cost is $86

SHANE MURPHY, a resident of Springfield, was walking around Faneuil Hall with his date recently when he decided to visit  the newly minted skating rink on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Murphy said he enjoyed the festive atmosphere and the music, but he thought the ice skating fees were too high. The second “Boston Winter” festival(...)

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Berkshire Museum’s art sale

THE BOSTON GLOBE editorial page offered its support over the weekend for the Berkshire Museum’s plan to sell off 40 of its most valued works of art, including two paintings by Norman Rockwell. The editorial acknowledged the proposed sale is unprecedented in the museum world, but said the financially struggling Pittsfield-based institution has little choice. “Absent an(...)

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