Category Archives: Massachusetts

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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More Bureaucracy: Another Result of Education Reform

Even though I think Massachusetts’ education system should be emulated nationally, the various education reform initiatives, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Put Your Right Foot In, Put Your Right Foot Out, Do the Hokey Pokey and Shake … Continue reading

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Once Again: For Real Education Reform, You Can Just Visit Massachusetts

Although, unlike Finland, it doesn’t have reindeer. I know I’ve beaten this to a pulp, but flogging dead horses is what we do around here: if you want a model for education reform, you don’t need to travel to Finland, … Continue reading

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I Thought the Commonwealth Was Smarter About Education Than This

I often sing Massachusetts’ praises when it comes to education, but whoever in the Department of Education decided that four to six year old kids would be tested repeatedly fell out of the goddamn stupid tree and hit every fucking … Continue reading

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Give Me That Ol’ Time British–and Boston–Accent

While Boston is known as the home of the non-rhotic accent (“pahked the cah in Hahvahd Yahd”), the modern British accent, also known as Received Pronunciation, is also non-rhotic (the ‘twang’ is obviously different, but the “r’s” are often lessened … Continue reading

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Another Triumph For Campbell’s Law: Trapping Massachusetts Kids Behind “Data Walls”

“The more any quantitative social indicator (or even some qualitative indicator) is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it … Continue reading

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Will the Massachusetts Democratic Party Experience Democracy?

Probably not. With Governor Deval Patrick leaving office at the end of this term, Democrats are jockeying to replace him. What’s unfortunate is the selection process for the Democratic nominee (boldface mine): Any statewide candidate who wants to be listed … Continue reading

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Boston Public Schools to Get Whacked

Platitudes and Lifetime channel movies notwithstanding, schools cost money to run (boldface mine): The possible cuts, which vary from school to school, include classroom aides and other positions, supplies and materials, and funding for specialized programs such as Playworks, which … Continue reading

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Solidarity and Merit Pay: The Lee, MA Schools Edition

This is a fascinating letter by school teachers in Lee, MA, who decided that they would donate all of the merit pay they would have received from a private foundation to their school (boldface mine): The $8,700 that the Lee … Continue reading

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