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Pols and Media confuse the public on new education standards by Marjorie Arons-Barron

The entry below has been cross posted from Marjorie Arons-Barron’s own blog. Question 1: What has shed more heat than light? Select from: a) Massachusetts politicians b) Massachusetts media c) the public debate about replacing Massachusetts testing standards with new national ones. Answer: all of the above. Massachusetts’ education standards…

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Chief Justice Margaret Marshall

Several years ago I heard Chief Justice Margaret Marshall speak at the then DoubleTree Hotel in Lowell. It was right around the time of the historic “interpretation” of the state’s constitution that legalized Gay marriage in Massachusetts.  She was truly brilliant. She spoke of her days as a student leader…

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Ain’t I the Lucky One?

I just received the email below…Believe it or not, I have had other opportunities like this but have ignored them. Shame on me! Dear Sir/Madam RE: INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR ACCOUNT WITH THE SUM OF £5,500,000.00. We wish to congratulate and inform you that after thorough review and evaluation of…

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50 Years Ago JFK Wins Nomination

Fifty years ago (July 13, 1960) John F Kennedy won his party’s nomination for President of the United States. At the convention held in Los Angeles, Kennedy beat…Lyndon Johnson, Senate Majority Leader-Texas; Adlai Stevenson, former Governor of Illinois; Stuart Symington’ Senator from Missouri; Hubert Humphrey, Senator from Minnesota; and several…

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Bush Runs Aground

I became a little pensive when I read former President George H W Bush ran his boat aground in Maine Monday. Personal history caused what you might consider an unusual reaction. I am lucky enough to spend a lot of time in Southern Maine. Over the years I have seen…

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A Hemingway Memory

I find it fascinating when a current event brings back a life memory.It happened to me just this week. I was listening to the morning news with my wife whena report came on about the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain (the Spanish call it encierro). Hold on hold…

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Hyper-local Weather in Lowell

The weather is unquestionably the top story this week…and UMass Lowell’s Weather Center provides the best Lowell weather forecast around.  The University’s Department of Environmental Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences maintains the website. It is one thing to listen or watch  Boston forecasters but it is a completely different experience to…

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