Oped: Common Core

Read this op-ed in The Berkshire Eagle, The Salem News, and The Gloucester Daily Times. By Jamie Gass BOSTON — "For all his tattooings he was on the whole a clean, comely looking cannibal," is how Herman Melville describes the heroic Polynesian harpooner Queequeg in his 1851 classic, "Moby-Dick." "[T]he man's a human being just...
By Jamie Gass & Charles Chieppo Read this op-ed in The American Conservative We are now nearly four decades beyond the publication of A Nation at Risk, a federal report that indicted the “rising tide of mediocrity” and initiated a well-deserved period of hand-wringing about K-12 public education in the United States. Massachusetts was the...
This op-ed appeared in The Daily Caller, The Berkshire Eagle, CommonWealth magazine, and The Lowell Sun. "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.'" Tuesday...
This op-ed appeared in The Springfield Republican, The Berkshire Eagle and The Daily Caller. BOSTON — "[N]othing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose," wrote Mary Shelley, author of the classic horror story 'Frankenstein'. "[A] point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye." The novel's 200th anniversary this year is a fitting...
[av_image src='https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/Copernicus-1-700x466.jpg' attachment='22833' attachment_size='entry_without_sidebar' align='center' styling='' hover='' link='' target='' caption='' font_size='' appearance='' overlay_opacity='0.4' overlay_color='#000000' overlay_text_color='#ffffff' copyright='' animation='no-animation' av_uid='av-jy671ry6' admin_preview_bg=''][/av_image] [av_textblock size='' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' av_uid='av-jy672es9' admin_preview_bg=''] Op-ed: Copernicus Inspires Us To Seek Out A Challenging Education February 16, 2018by Jamie Gass and Ze'ev Wurman [/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' av_uid='av-jy675f0p' admin_preview_bg='']...
[av_image src='https://pioneerinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/IsaacNewton-700x466.jpg' attachment='22672' attachment_size='entry_without_sidebar' align='center' styling='' hover='' link='' target='' caption='' font_size='' appearance='' overlay_opacity='0.4' overlay_color='#000000' overlay_text_color='#ffffff' copyright='' animation='no-animation' av_uid='av-jy65v9uv' admin_preview_bg=''][/av_image] [av_textblock size='' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' av_uid='av-jy67fo00' admin_preview_bg=''] Op-ed: American Public Education Is Failing Miserably In Math And Science January 9, 2018 by Editorial Staff [/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' av_uid='av-jy67dkvk' admin_preview_bg=''] This...
Read this op-ed in the Salem News, The Lowell Sun, The Patriot Ledger, Brockton Enterprise, The Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise, The New Bedford Standard Times, The Springfield Republican, The Berkshire Eagle, and The Federalist.  "[M]y task is to paint the whole earth, the entire world, in novel form, by imagining adventures..." wrote the renowned, late-19th-century French novelist,...
By Tom Birmingham   APRIL 13, 2017 Massachusetts’ story is well known in the education world. In the wake of the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act, student achievement shot up, and the Commonwealth’s students became the nation’s best performers. The law worked not only because it was good policy, but because the grand bargain at...
By Jim Stergios and Charles Chieppo Read this op-ed online at USA Today. Education nominee could improve on past secretaries by backing state and local innovation. Every administration since President George H.W. Bush’s has pinned its hopes of transforming American K-12 education on several thousand bureaucrats in the Lyndon B. Johnson Building in Washington, D.C. and the Beltway lobbyists perched...
Our schoolchildren need to learn Elie Wiesel’s wisdom, and the tragic events of the Holocaust, but they largely don’t. Wiesel's book Night is not an “exemplar text” in the nationalized K-12 standards, Common Core... Despite the post-World War II pleas to “never forget,” we are forgetting, and so are our children.