Category Archives: Massachusetts

Why We Need Teacher Tenure: Because Protecting Children Shouldn’t Be a Firing Offense

A while ago, I wrote about how elementary school teachers in Holyoke, MA were being told to use public disclosure of test scores to ‘encourage’ better performance. Because humiliating children is a great way to make kids hate learning. Or … Continue reading

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Finally, Some Sense About Educational Standards: Ohio Is Copying Massachusetts

Since the Common Core was first proposed, I’ve been arguing that, rather than reinventing a square wheel, states should just adopt the Massachusetts state educational standards. After all, Massachusetts has one of the best educational systems in the world (hopefully, … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

Observed on the Boston Common, one flag for every fallen Massachusetts service member:

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How to Game Educational Metrics

Before I get to an interesting Boston Globe op-ed, it’s worth noting that how ‘good schools’ are defined depends on the details. One definition simply involves seeing how well students perform and using that to determine if a school is … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Is Doing Defense Spending Wrong

I’ve never liked massive defense spending. In the best case scenario, the stuff we purchase ends up never being used, and, in the worst case, Little Lord Pontchartrain decides to invade the wrong fucking country. As macroeconomic policy, it creates … Continue reading

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How Bad Is Massachusetts’ Opiate Epidemic?

No one really seems to know (boldface mine): Massachusetts is under siege from a frightening surge of heroin overdoses, Governor Deval Patrick said last month in declaring a state of emergency. That grim view has become unquestioned consensus among law … Continue reading

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Why Regulation Matters: A Tragic Fire

There’s no way to know for certain, but two regulatory failures might have contributed to the tragic death of two firefighters in Back Bay. The first remedy should be mandating sprinkler systems (boldface mine): With two major fires in the … Continue reading

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