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Week In Review: Minimum Wage, Newtown Tapes, PISA

Kilra Hilton, left, and Kyle King talk while they march participating in a demonstration on a Burger King parking lot as part of a nation-wide protest supporting higher wages for workers in the fast-food industry and other minimum wage jobs in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (Credit: AP/Stephan Savoia)

Kilra Hilton, left, and Kyle King talk while they march participating in a demonstration on a Burger King parking lot as part of a nation-wide protest supporting higher wages for workers in the fast-food industry and other minimum wage jobs in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (Credit: AP/Stephan Savoia)

We discuss the week’s top stories — from demonstrations over the state’s minimum wage, to the release of 9-1-1 calls made during the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting last year, to Massachusetts’ performance in the Program for International Student Assessment.

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Callum Borchers, business reporter for The Boston Globe.

Jim Stergios, executive director of The Pioneer Institute.

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Radio Boston, “The average fast food worker earns just below $9 an hour and few of them get healthcare or other benefits. As a result, many say they depend on food stamps and other public benefits to make ends meet. But the fast food industry argues that a minimum wage hike would mean lay-offs and higher prices for consumers.”

Radio Boston, “Prosecutors and the families of the Sandy Hook victims did not want the tapes to be released to the public. Prosecutors had argued that the tapes could be painful for the victims’ families, hurt the investigation and subject the witnesses to harassment. A state judge dismissed those arguments last week and ordered the tapes be released Wednesday unless the state appealed. Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III decided to end his appeal on Monday.”

Radio Boston, “The state’s 15-year-olds had the 4th best scores in reading, behind Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
And Massachusetts was 7th in science and 10th in math — finishing behind countries like Finland, South Korea and Switzerland.”


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  • J. Radosta

    Well done, Jim Stergios, for saying that we shouldn’t worry about the stress of our excessive standardized testing in the US, because he’s sure parents aren’t worried in “China, Japan, and Korea.” I’m sure the fact, as Diane Ravitch reported in her blog today, that suicide is the biggest killer of children in China has nothing to do with their testing culture, and that parents there aren’t concerned. Or in Japan, where suicide is the leading killer of women between the ages of 15 and 34. Or in Korea, which is known as the “suicide capital of the world.” Are these the rates we want to compete with?
    The reality is that in an era where “ed reform” is funded by Walmart, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other billionaires who are more interested in creating a compliant, rote-knowledge workforce who will not clamor for a living wage, this excessive testing doesn’t improve student achievement, but instead is used to discredit schools for the purpose of de-professionalizing the teacher corps. Once veteran, well-trained teachers are removed, the ones who can tell if a student is actually learning or not, then these corporate behemoths can complete their goals of reaping the profits instead of paying decent wages to people who will then have neither skills nor the social status to complain.

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