MTA launched a Listening Tour in 2013-14 to give educators a platform to voice their opinions about what changes in education policies are needed at the local, state and national levels. The effort began in the Berkshires and then spread to other parts of the state.
MTA Communications produced videos of Listening Tour sessions in Berkshire County, Holyoke and Taunton. New videos from Dover-Sherborn and the Gateway Regional School District will be coming soon. MTA members are encouraged to hold forums to discuss and begin organizing around high-stakes testing and related issues. More information will be available about these forums in the coming weeks.
Why does free public education end with high school? At a time when at least some college education seems essential, why is 12th grade free but the 13th costs thousands of dollars? Using logic, history and examples from other states, UMass Amherst professor Max Page makes the case for free public higher education in Massachusetts.
Page was one of eight speakers to present at MTA’s “ED Talks: Big Ideas About Education” on Aug. 4, 2014, in Williamstown, Mass. He is a professor of architecture and history, a longtime labor activist and co-author of The Future of Higher Education, which he published in 2011 with UMass sociology professor Dan Clawson.
Views expressed in this video are those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent the views of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.