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AEI’s Naomi Schaefer Riley on Parenting, Excessive Screen Time, & Religion in American Education/0 Comments/in Blog: Education, Featured, Podcast /by Editorial Staff
This week on “The Learning Curve,” Gerard Robinson and guest co-host Kerry McDonald talk with Naomi Schaefer Riley, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of several books, including Be the Parent, Please.
Monarchs of the Sea – American Boats, Ships, & their Captains – 40 Resources for High School Students/in COVID Education, COVID education resources, Featured, Jamie Gass, rCOVID /by Jamie Gass
In Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19, this one focuses on: Celebrating American Boats, Ships, & their Captains.
The Effects of the COVID 19 Pandemic on MBTA Light Rail Ridership/0 Comments/in Blog, Blog: Transportation, News /by Emily Donovan
In 2020, the COVID 19 pandemic had an unprecedented impact on public transportation. According to Pioneer Institute’s site, MBTA Analysis, nationwide ridership on light rail transit decreased by historic amounts between 2019 and 2020. For example, the New Jersey Transit Corporation reported a 93% decrease in unlinked light rail passenger trips in April 2019 and April 2020. The Maryland Transit Administration saw a 92% decrease in light rail ridership in that time period. Additionally, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) reported a 95% decrease in light rail ridership. The MBTA light rail transit includes the Green Line and a small part of the Red Line (from Ashmont to Mattapan). Throughout the pandemic, many service cuts occurred, resulting in less frequent […]
New York Times Best Seller Paul Reid on Winston Churchill, WWII, & the Cold War/in Academic Standards, Blog: US History, COVID Education, Featured, Podcast, US History /by Editorial Staff
This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara and guest co-host Kerry McDonald talk with Paul Reid, co-author, with William Manchester, of the New York Times best-selling biography of Winston Churchill, The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965. Reid shares how he was enlisted to complete William Manchester’s biographical trilogy on the greatest political figure of the 20th century, which became a best-seller.
How do employment trends differ between urban and rural Massachusetts from 1999-2019?/0 Comments/in Blog: Economy /by Maida Raza
To better understand these statistics, data available on employment across Massachusetts counties is helpful. This blog will investigate the employment trends in Franklin and Middlesex Counties from 1999-2019.
Urban Cyclist Fatalities: Improving the Safety of Our Commuters/in Blog, Blog: Transportation, Internships /by Jack Landsiedel
Pioneer set out to compare fatality data, miles of bike lanes, and cyclist commuter statistics in the five largest cities in the Northeast to develop recommendations for what urban areas can do to improve dangerous riding conditions.
Valuing Life-Saving Drugs: What is the Price of Life and Who Decides?/in Blog: Healthcare Transparency, Featured, Healthcare, Podcast Hubwonk /by Editorial Staff
Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute visiting fellow Dr. Bill Smith about Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALY) standards, and the ways in which so-called objective cost-containing strategies use expert opinion to determine the value of a life and thereby disadvantage the elderly, disabled, and those with less common vulnerabilities to disease.
Putting in the Extra Hours: The Spike in Mass. Department of Public Health Overtime Pay during COVID-19/in Blog, Blog: Transparency, COVID Economy, COVID Transparency, Internships /by Jack Landsiedel
During the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) payroll data presented a 29.09% increase in the average employee’s overtime pay from the previous year. Pioneer wanted to dig deeper into the Department’s compensation trends to put the $5M bump in 2020 DPH overtime pay into perspective.
Rafe Esquith on Teaching Shakespeare to Inner-City LA Students/in Blog: Education, Featured, Podcast, Related Education Blogs /by Editorial Staff
This week on “The Learning Curve,” Gerard and Cara talk with Rafe Esquith, an award-winning teacher at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles, and the founder of The Hobart Shakespeareans, who annually stage performances of unabridged plays by William Shakespeare. He shares why he founded the award-winning program to teach disadvantaged Los Angeles elementary school students a classical humanities curriculum, the most inspiring experiences and the biggest challenges of teaching highly demanding literary works to young schoolchildren from diverse backgrounds.
Larry O’Toole on Workplace Culture & Immigration Policy/in Blog: Economy, Economic Opportunity, Featured, JobMakers /by Editorial Staff
On this week’s episode of JobMakers, host Denzil Mohammed talks to Larry O’Toole, founder of the multi-state Gentle Giant Moving Company that started in 1980 right here in the Boston area. They discuss Mr. O’Toole’s journey at a young age from Ireland to Brookline, Mass., the challenges of being uprooted, and the ability to thrive despite barriers such as skills gaps, that many immigrants face.
“The Road to the Stars” – U.S. Space Exploration – 25 Resources for K-12 Students/0 Comments/in COVID Education, COVID education resources, Featured, Jamie Gass /by Jamie Gass
In Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19, this one focuses on: Celebrating U.S. Space Exploration.
Talking Out Of School: Supreme Court Considers Campus Boundaries Within Social Media Universe/in Blog: Education, Featured, Podcast Hubwonk, Related Education Blogs /by Editorial Staff
This week on Hubwonk, host Joe Selvaggi talks with constitutional scholar and CATO Institute Research Fellow Thomas Berry about the recently heard U.S. Supreme Court case, Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., and its implications for free speech, school control, and the integration of social media into the rubric of first amendment protections.
Massachusetts Should Disclose More Information about Its Recent Reduction in the Official Count of Long-term Care Deaths/in Blog, Blog: Healthcare, Blog: Healthcare Transparency, COVID Health, COVID Transparency, Healthcare, rCOVID /by David Clancy and Barbara Anthony
The public — particularly in Massachusetts, where COVID-19’s toll on elders has been so great — has a right to know how many deaths occurred in state-regulated eldercare facilities, and how that compares to the total number of deaths. But the state’s new counting standard clouds this information, and should be corrected or at least disclosed.
Sandro Catanzaro Takes His American Dream to Mars and Back/in Blog: Economy, Economic Opportunity, Featured, JobMakers /by Editorial Staff
This week on JobMakers, host Denzil Mohammed talks with Sandro Catanzaro, who started several businesses in his native Peru but had no idea he’d end up helping NASA go to Mars, or that he’d use that same technology to plan and buy video ad campaigns. Now Head of Publisher Services Strategy for Roku, which acquired the company he founded, dataxu, in 2019, Mr. Catanzaro is an emblem of ingenuity and inventiveness. His demand-side platform, device graph technology and analytics platform help accelerate Roku’s ad tech roadmap and ability to serve a wide array of advertisers. But he’s not done yet!
Doctor Heal Thyself: Insider’s Prescription For Healthcare Reform/in Blog: Healthcare Transparency, COVID Health, Featured, Healthcare, Podcast Hubwonk, Transparency /by Editorial Staff
Host Joe Selvaggi talks with surgeon and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Marty Makary about the healthcare reform themes in The Price We Pay, the 2020 Business Book of the Year. The discussion covers the value of price transparency, provider accountability, and performance information to drive better medical outcomes and improve doctor and patient satisfaction.