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My Turn: The truth about time spent on MCAS testing
04-21-2024 10:31 AM

By DOUG SELWYN

 Many people have an image of students taking the MCAS exams: They receive a booklet, fill in bubbles for an hour or so and then go about their day. Those of us who have worked in schools know the real truth. The actual amount of time spent on testing...

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Issues with our education funding formula: Three factors that put our cities, towns and students at an unfair advantage
06-07-2024 11:14 AM

By DOUG SELWYN

Our public school system — the backbone of democracy, the great equalizer, the means by which we can level the playing field — is itself unequal, undemocratic, and badly underfunded. Though education is one of the most significant responsibilities of...


Finding solutions for student assessments: Part two of a conversation about the complicated issue of assessments in our schools
05-17-2024 12:29 PM

By DOUG SELWYN

This is part two of an interview with University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Jack Schneider, who heads two organizations focused on helping educators develop assessment approaches that serve the goals and values of their classrooms, schools and...


Assessing student assessments: Part one of a conversation about the complicated issue of assessments in our schools
03-29-2024 12:22 PM

By DOUG SELWYN

One of the responsibilities and challenges of every society is to educate their young people so they are ready to assume their roles as adults in the community. There is not one way to do this, and societies make choices based on their values, their...


Change the world in 1,000 days: It starts with supporting babies and their families
03-08-2024 10:20 AM

By DOUG SELWYN

A recent essay by Blythe Thomas, initiative director at 1000 Days, an organization that fights “to make health and well-being during the first 1,000 days (between pregnancy and a child’s 2nd birthday) a policy and funding priority,” begins by asking...


Doug Selwyn: Can we prioritize our children? Too many students are not coming to school ready and able to learn
02-16-2024 2:24 PM

By DOUG SELWYN

We spent a week over the holidays with a two-year-old, a five-year-old and one of their parents, helping the family deal with the holiday gap in school/day care. Their parents both work at demanding jobs, struggled to find appropriate child care and...


My Turn: High-stakes testing regime the opposite of educating kids
02-01-2024 4:30 PM

By DOUG SELWYN

We are now a month away from MCAS season, and I urge readers to learn more about the Thrive Act, which would end the MCAS as a graduation requirement, would end district receivership, and would establish a commission to develop an assessment system...


The path to ‘an excess of democracy’: Education from the Old Deluder to the MCAS
01-05-2024 2:11 PM

By DOUG SELWYN

I began this series of columns by sharing three questions I would pose to each entering class of teacher candidates: Why do we have school, what should happen at school and who should decide those questions. When I reviewed reader responses to the...


Conversations about education: What readers want for our children
12-08-2023 4:23 PM

By DOUG SELWYN

I shared the story of the 2003 British Columbian education charter in last month’s column. To review briefly, education in British Columbia was in crisis and the teachers union and provincial government sent a team to interview people all across the...


We need to talk about education: Lessons learned from the British Columbia Charter for Public Education
11-13-2023 12:38 PM

By DOUG SELWYN

Students raced and wrestled across the lawn of Greenfield Middle School as their parents and guardians stood in line waiting to enter the building. They were there to meet their child’s teachers on the evening before the start of the school year. The...


Raising a roof ... and the education behind it
10-13-2023 10:16 AM

By DOUG SELWYN

While I’ll mention both the MCAS and, more broadly, assessment of learning in today’s column, neither concept is the focus. Rather, let’s consider what is essential about the education our young people get, how complicated that is to define, and how...


We need a public conversation about education: Where do we go when we can’t afford to go back to ‘how it was’?
09-01-2023 4:20 PM

By DOUG SELWYN

Editor’s note: This column is the first of what will be a regular series of columns focused on education, written by educator and professor Doug Selwyn, chair of the Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution education task force.Why do we...


My Turn: Say no to the MCAS
03-14-2023 3:43 PM

By DOUG SELWYN

The MCAS are set to begin in two weeks, and though you won’t hear much comment from teachers or administrators (because they are afraid of being punished for speaking out), there is great concern about the harm the tests do, particularly to students...


My Turn: Spring is in the air — The MCAS are coming soon
02-13-2023 4:50 PM

By DOUG SELWYN

With a hint of spring in the air (knowing there may well be more winter lurking) it can only mean one thing: The ritual abuse of our children that are the MCAS tests is only a month away. I am writing this now to make it clear that while the schools...

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