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Education reform: The battle ahead

Five years ago, as George W. Bush was pushing No Child Left Behind, his younger, even sleazier sibling Neil was picking the initiative's pockets.
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 28, 2012

Review: Brooklyn Castle

Katie Dellamaggiore's sweet, winning documentary spends one year with the chess team at Intermediate School 318, an inner-city junior high in Brooklyn, where despite a 70 percent poverty rate, the kids, grades 6-9, routinely win national championships.

By GERALD PEARY  |  November 16, 2012

Resetting Boston's schools

Between now and the end of the year, Boston will wrestle with one of the most important policy decisions it has faced in years: reinventing the 23-year-old system used to assign 56,000 public-school students to 129 schools.

By EDITORIAL  |  October 12, 2012

Review: Won't Back Down

Daniel Barnz's picture turns the American education crisis into a dumbed-down, Capraesque crowd-pleaser, with a malicious agenda to boot.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012

Same Old, Same Old

Phillipe and Jorge have raged about this problem for decades, but now it is just getting depressing.
Business as usual on Smith Hill; games people play; Mick at Chelo's?!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 21, 2012

Surviving your first year

I made it through my first year at college, and am beginning my second now — so my memories are still fresh, as well as the lessons I learned along the way.
The intern’s guide to getting it right
By MELISSA NELSON  |  September 14, 2012


Occupy energy ramps up Boston’s student power movement

On a gray Saturday afternoon in Cambridge, the first meeting of Boston's new student power movement is assembled in a Harvard auditorium: about 50 students from more than eight Boston-area schools, working out goals, structures, and values.
OB 201: Intro to Tuition Strikes  
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 14, 2012

iPads innovate education in Massachusetts schools

Imagine high school without textbooks.
Classroom engagement? There’s an app for that.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 03, 2012

Top Seat or Hot Seat?

It must be challenging to come into a top spot for something in Maine when you're not a Mainer. I think being a person of color only makes it more challenging. Case in point: Portland's new school superintendent.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  July 20, 2012

Not so ‘great’

I want to thank reporters Chris Faraone, Matt McQuaid, and the Phoenix for being one of the few media outlets to question and dig into the true agenda of Stand for Children and groups like it (see "The Price of Change," June 22).
Letters to the Boston Phoenix editors, July 6, 2012

Teaching the 'fourth literacy': Codery goes live

Call me hacker.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 29, 2012

More reverend than most reverends; an Abel challenger; hail, Olivia

Those unfamiliar with Phillipe and Jorge's childhoods are often surprised to learn that in our Wonder Years, your superior correspondents were quite the choirboys.
Holy too too
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 08, 2012

A new documentary explores immigrant youth and their place in Maine and America

"Back in the Congo, we heard rumors that America is paradise — where everything is perfect, money flows like water, you can eat as much as you want, whenever you want, you can get anything," says Emmanuel Muya, one of 15 immigrant high school students fe
The weight of the world
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 25, 2012

Grad students get the knife

On July 1 graduate and professional students will no longer be eligible for federally subsidized Stafford loans.
Student Loan Cuts
By MELISSA NELSON  |  May 18, 2012

Brown bags it

Republican Senator Scott Brown's vote to allow the interest on college loans to double illustrates perfectly why Brown is a clever politician, but a rotten senator.
How the Senator screwed college students. Plus, Obama and gay marriage.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 11, 2012

More teaching points

The Boston Teachers Union (BTU) is not obscene (see "Q: Who Hates School Reform?" Editorial, March 23).
Letters to the Boston Phoenix  editors, April 6, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 06, 2012


Q: Who hates school reform?

The Boston Teachers Union (BTU) is bipolar: it wants its members treated as if they were professionals, not wage slaves.
A: The Boston Teachers' Union  
By EDITORIAL  |  March 23, 2012

Can Anthony Gemma’s feel-good wonkery and pent-up rage beat David Cicilline this time?

There is a strange duality to businessman Anthony Gemma's all-but-official Congressional campaign.
Jekyll and Hyde
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 23, 2012

Education for the future

One of the few developments worth applauding on the sorry American political scene is the renewed focus on education.
Plus, Mitt Romney and his racist, misogynist, know-nothing party
By EDITORIAL  |  March 16, 2012

At the hip-hop high school

In his new book, Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education , Sam Seidel describes a sign hanging at the juvenile detention facility in Cranston.
Education Dept.
By PHILIP EIL  |  March 16, 2012

A non-traditional career pioneer lives right here in Maine

Dale McCormick knows this fight.
Paving the way
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 09, 2012

End Black History Month

It's that time again! Let's roll out the black history materials and talk about African-Americans as if most people really care about them, during the shortest month of the year.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  February 03, 2012

Farewell, Governor Garrahy; film follies; Soopah hype; culinary arts in the Bucket

The flags are at half-mast at Casa Diablo on the passing of the wonderful former Vo Dilun governor, J. Joseph Garrahy.
Wotta guy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 03, 2012

Sex ed 101

If you're in the market for a steaming slice of sex advice, local sexologist Megan Andelloux is the woman you want to know.
Advice for students (of all ages): make it fun
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  January 27, 2012

Local adjunct professors fight for their piece of the pie

Even as Governor Paul LePage and others tout the importance of the community college system in Maine, the adjunct professors at Southern Maine Community College and the University of Southern Maine are without contracts.
Coming to the table
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 27, 2012

The cost of open courseware

MIT's announcement last month of a new online certification program made national news.
MITx Files
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 20, 2012


Twelve sweet ideas for Maine in 2012

With the new year upon us, we're looking into the future to see what things will be making Maine better in the coming 12 months. Here's a selection of things we'll be watching — and you should, too.
Better by the dozen

And We're Back...

Not for Nothing is back after a New Year's hiatus. Happy 2012, people. A few political/media notes and Occupy ruminations as we get back into...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 03, 2012

Portland schools are 'learning to succeed'

Portland's public-school employees and leaders are working hard to meet the needs of every student in the system, but when asking themselves whether they've accomplished that, "the answer is 'Not yet,'" according to School Board chairman Kate Snyder.
Portland 101
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 04, 2011

In the Phoenix: Ideological Tug-of-War at Brown

In this week's Phoenix, I've got a cover story on Brown University's Political Theory Project, which is right in the thick of an intriguing effort...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 13, 2011