Massachusetts Becomes Dumber So the Rest of Us Can Be Smarter

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It is not likely that even an exhaustive review of commentary on education in 2017 could turn up quotes compelling enough to qualify as classic nuggets of wisdom. However, perhaps my favorite of the year in the non-wisdom category came from Massachusetts state Sen. Michael Barrett (D-Lexington).

In responding to mounting evidence of the Bay State’s decline from its undisputed number-one perch in K–12 student achievement since replacing its own standards with the Common Core nationalized blueprint, Barrett said the following: “It’s crazy to think that people in Massachusetts should learn more and better content than people in Mississippi. That’s no way to make sure that tide lifts all boats in America.”

The Lowell Sun delivered an appropriately acerbic editorial response: “Barrett and others believe the best way to lift all boats is to drill some holes in this state’s vessel of educational excellence.” However, give the good senator…

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