Month: February 2018

Worthless to Who?

Last week I read Jack Schneider’s problematic piece in Commonwealth Magazine — another ode to the death of testing. (Jack, by the way, is the co-host of union-funded EduShyster’s podcast and is the director of the union-backed Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment.) Schneider writes books from a perspective we would expect — one from a person who thinks the…

A Note from The Coach

(Brian Bass is the Director of Organizing for Massachusetts Parents United. He’s “the coach” for our parents leaders, providing them the skills they need to be more effective when organizing in their own communities. I’ve known Brian for years — we’ve worked on a ton of campaigns across the Commonwealth together. But even though he’s one of the most talented…

Please Don’t Kill My Children

Classrooms full of children are being executed on a near-daily basis in schools across the United States and we don’t care. I know that sentence is making you really uncomfortable right now, but isn’t it just time to own it? Sure, you feel like it’s incredibly unfair and mean — but you know what else is unfair and mean? Kids…

Trust Parents

Why don’t we trust parents? Why are we so scary? You know you need us. We’re ready to do the work. But for some reason, we trust everyone BUT parents when it comes to advocating for children and families. Take for instance — this week where we learned where former Boston Mayoral candidate Tito Jackson will end up: He has…

All of Our Eggs in One Basket

So now that the dust has settled and we know that Lawrence Superintendent Receiver Jeff Riley will be the next Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education in Massachusetts. I’ve given my statement regarding the board’s decision not to pick Angelica, now for some observations: First off, the candidate pool: Is the really the best group of candidates we could come…