Education

Civics law provides solid foundation for teachers, students

Civics law provides solid foundation for teachers, students

Criticism of statute misses breadth of mandate

IN A RECENT CommonWealth piece, University of Massachusetts Lowell professor Jack Schneider took issue with a civics education bill recently signed by Gov. Charlie Baker. The measure is primarily designed to teach and engage students through project-based civics education, an instructional approach also known as “action civics.” Schneider took issue with the new civic education(...)

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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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Ignore the charter school think-tank crowd

Ignore the charter school think-tank crowd

We don’t need and can't afford charter school expansion in New Bedford

YOU ARE AN EDUCATION RESEARCHER sent to discover best practices in urban schools so that you can replicate them to create results for more kids—kids who you believe are trapped in mediocre schools. You look at three exemplar schools to scale up: School A has 336 students and rates in the state’s 85th accountability percentile,(...)

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New civics education law misses the mark

New civics education law misses the mark

Thinking ‘civically’ can’t really be legislated

WHEN THE NATION has an itch, the schools get a scratch. As a result, Massachusetts students are getting a new civics requirement, which Charlie Baker signed into law Thursday. Many in the Commonwealth and around the United States have developed concerns over the past few years about the health of our democracy. Without question, this(...)

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Teacher union backing of Weymouth Republican riles new super PAC

Teacher union backing of Weymouth Republican riles new super PAC

Education activists say O’Connor betrays progressive values

A SCHISM WITHIN the Democratic Party that has long divided teachers unions and education reform advocates is playing out in unusual fashion this fall in a state Senate race — with a Republican incumbent at the center of the storm. Patrick O’Connor, a Republican elected in a special election two-and-a-half years ago to a Weymouth-based(...)

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As a teacher, I think it’s time to rethink education accountability

As a teacher, I think it’s time to rethink education accountability

Schools alone can’t get the job done

AS A TEACHER, I believe that accountability is necessary to help districts lift their underperforming schools. As a teacher in a turnaround school, I’m convinced that only a radical accountability model—one that substantively addresses the community and holistic needs of everyone—can help children meet the outcomes they’re capable of. In Massachusetts, public schools are evaluated(...)

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Why I’m giving $50 to every new child born in Massachusetts

Why I’m giving $50 to every new child born in Massachusetts

College savings plans deliver lots of dividends

OVER THE LAST DECADE, I’ve created three non-profit organizations with the shared mission of getting low-income students to college without taking on crushing debt. I’ve seen the life-changing impact a college education can have for students who grow up in poverty. So when Treasurer Deb Goldberg announced a new statewide college savings account program for(...)

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Charter school debate is not over

Charter school debate is not over

More are needed to deliver on state’s educational promise

TWO YEARS AFTER an ill-conceived ballot campaign in which Massachusetts voters rejected raising the cap on charter public schools, the political impulse is to assume this debate is settled. But as long as the conditions charters have so successfully addressed continue to persist in traditional public schools, so will the debate. To provide families with(...)

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