Easthampton High Scores A National Educational Victory During The COVID-19 Pandemic

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This spring, Massachusetts’ Easthampton High School was crowned national champion in the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” contest. The competition brings together about 1,200 students from across the country to answer civics questions based on America’s Founding Documents including the U.S. Constitution; The Federalist Papers; and U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Mass. schools must recommit to knowledge-based curriculum

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The Bay State’s leadership role has continued into the current century. Massachusetts made tremendous strides in the years following passage of a landmark 1993 education reform law. But it has been backsliding since 2010, when it adopted weaker English and math standards known as Common Core. To get back on track, Massachusetts must reform its school- and district-level curriculum to emphasize imparting a shared body of background knowledge and social commitment to students in all ZIP codes.

Students still need to learn during the coronavirus pandemic

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This op-ed appeared in The Boston Globe on March 31, 2020. State…

Don’t mess with success of voc-tech high schools

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For more than 25 years, Massachusetts vocational-technical high schools have done everything state officials have asked of them. Instead of moving the goal posts by compelling them to switch to a lottery system, we should expand the schools. 

When The Commonwealth Pays The Education Bill, It Should Get A School Committee Say

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Local education officials were up in arms earlier this year when Pioneer Institute proposed giving the Commonwealth the power to appoint some school committee seats in urban districts that are mostly state-funded. It would be hard to imagine a better example of why we need to adopt that reform than the current mess in Fall River.

Education business ruled by teachers’ unions truly terrifying

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This op-ed originally appeared in The Worcester Telegram &…

Dimming the state’s literary light

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September marks Johnson’s 310th birthday. His A Dictionary of the English Language (1755) used 114,000 timeless quotations to help define 42,000 words, making it among the most famous dictionaries in human history.

Tackling equity at Boston’s exam schools

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By Jim Stergios August 2, 2019 This spring, The New York Times…

Melville readies students for rough seas ahead

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Read this op-ed in The Berkshire Eagle, The Salem News, and The…

The Supreme Court Is Set To Decide Whether Religious Kids Are Allowed A Good Education

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Thanks to Kendra Espinoza, a determined Montana mom, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up and hopefully strike down the infamous legacy of state Know-Nothing and Blaine amendments. From Massachusetts to Michigan and across the nation, this case has the potential to overturn a century and a half of state constitutional discrimination against religious families and their quest for the most suitable and effective education for their children.

Boston companies can partner with public universities to create fintech skills pipeline

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Read this op-ed in the Boston Business Journal. Financial…

Denying students the opportunity to study classic works of literature leads to a culture of mediocrity

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This op-ed appeared in The Springfield Republican and The Lowell…

To Keep Our Republic, American Students Must Study The French Revolution

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By Jamie Gass and Will Fitzhugh This op-ed appeared in The…

How Massachusetts Showed the Way on Education Reform

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By Jamie Gass & Charles Chieppo Read this op-ed in The…

Guglielmo Marconi and the importance of innovation and choice in education

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By Jamie Gass and Ze'ev Wurman May 1, 2019 This op-ed appeared…

A Whale Of An Education Battle Rocks New Bedford

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“[A] whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard,” reads…

Setting a High Bar at Alma del Mar

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Alma del Mar Charter School in New Bedford, MA, is fighting for…

Remember Poland’s Working-Class Revolt Against Communism

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This op-ed appeared in The Springfield Republican, The Standard-Times…

Op-ed: Time is right to study Jefferson in our schools

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By Jamie Gass and Will Fitzhugh "Students of reading, writing,…

Op-ed: A Frankenstein's monster attacks school literature

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This op-ed appeared in The Springfield Republican, The Berkshire…

Op-ed: Time to lift up Boston’s voc-tech high school

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Read this full op-ed in CommonWealth magazine. By Tom Birmingham…

Op-ed: Charters, Unions, And Public School Funding

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Read this full op-ed on WGBH News. In the midst of the 2016…

Op-ed: A Novel Solution To An Old Problem

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By Tom Birmingham  | The Boston Pilot  |  December 15, 2017 We…

Op-ed: Our schools ignore US history at our peril

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By Tom Birmimgham | Nov. 30, 2017 State must make good on requirement…

Op-ed: Education establishment ruining reform

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This op-ed appeared in the Boston Herald on Wednesday, November…