Education

Esports: More than a game

Esports: More than a game

Big bucks online competition now gaining academia's interest

FOR MOST PEOPLE over the age of 30, playing video games is perceived as a waste of time, a solitary, non-social activity that serves to melt one’s brain. Yet as a 20-year old who has been playing video games for about 15 years (and whose brain is still intact), I believe that perception is way(...)

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In the Berkshires, a school crisis – and opportunity

In the Berkshires, a school crisis – and opportunity

With population declining, providing quality education means making hard choices

IF NECESSITY IS the mother of invention, we are busy in the Berkshires figuring out new approaches to school challenges we are facing. Berkshire County has seen a decline of more than 20 percent in school district enrollment since 2000, with another 10 percent-plus decline anticipated over the next decade. This has gone hand in(...)

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We need debt-free college in MA

We need debt-free college in MA

Higher education is contributing to income inequality

SPRING IS UPON US – and across Massachusetts, tens of thousands of students are preparing to graduate and collect their diplomas. In too many cases, the excitement of a new chapter is burdened by the anxiety of student loan debt. In Boston alone, the average student loan recipient carries over $43,000 in debt. That’s 44(...)

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Gorsuch is threat to public education

Gorsuch is threat to public education

Court nominee's record on school issues merits scrutiny

FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, opposition to Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s nominee for secretary of education was front and center in the news – and that was largely thanks to educators. The extent of our dissent, with tens of thousands of letters and phone calls to legislators against her nomination, was tremendous. While the Senate ultimately(...)

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School committees support stronger, lasting reform

School committees support stronger, lasting reform

Five steps to guide any “Education 2.0” initiative

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS from across the Commonwealth are a varied but pragmatic bunch. During this budget season they are focused on balancing budgets and working with school administrators to reallocate existing funding in order to best meet the needs of their community’s children. Responding to the tremendous complexities of federal and state educational policies turns(...)

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Education must adapt to 21st century

Education must adapt to 21st century

Teacher training and instruction need to change with times

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X THE PAST 25 YEARS have seen dramatic changes in our culture and society. Twenty-five years ago the internet was in its infancy and we still considered our country invulnerable as the twin towers still stood  in(...)

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DeVos selection roils reform sector

DeVos selection roils reform sector

Some charter backers rush to distance themselves from ed pick

THE BATTLE OVER President Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, had teachers unions, public school advocates, and many on the political left in high dudgeon. DeVos’s record of support for charter schools and voucher programs, and her lack of any experience in district public schools, made her the target of the most organized effort to(...)

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Will state embrace innovation school zones?

Will state embrace innovation school zones?

After polarizing charter showdown, advocates hope district plan gains broader backing

THE HIGHLY CHARGED DEBATE over charter schools last fall ended with a resounding statewide vote against significant expansion of the public, but independently operated, schools. What the vote did not answer is what else might be done to improve education for those who have most often sought seats at charter schools – students stuck in(...)

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