Daily Archives: June 11, 2010

Video: What'd You Think Of Game 4?

Published June 11, 2010

Boston’s Glen Davis and Nate Robinson are the indisputable (if not slightly slobbery) stars of Thursday night’s Game 4, as the two bench players stepped up to pull the Celts to a 96-89 victory over the Lakers. With the NBA Finals tied at 2-2, Bostonians are hopeful, if not a little anxious, about the rest of the series.

Hubbub interns Talia Ralph and Jeff Carpenter hit the streets to ask what Celts fans thought about the remarkable game and what it means for Boston’s chances in the series.

A Second Look At Third Grade Reading

Published June 11, 2010

Yesterday I called it a “gloomy” statistic: that 43 percent of Massachusetts third graders don’t read at the third-grade level. It was the lead in the Globe article and the premise of a conversation on Radio Boston. To quote President George W. Bush, “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”

But is that statistic so gloomy? Consider this e-mail I got last night from Bill Dubay, who helped me report my piece yesterday:

One last remark about the 43 percent reading below the third grade level in the third grade.

I don’t think that should be cause for alarm unless that percentage is different in other schools. It stands to reason that since in the third grade the average grade level is the 3rd grade level, half the class might be reading below that level and half above it.

Reading statistics are very tricky and easy to use to alarm people. Many people are often shocked with the results of the adult literacy surveys and blame the schools. As I said on the phone, these figures have been very stable and do show real improvement over time, even in the inner cities. The teachers are doing a remarkable job, especially considering the cuts in school budgets.

There is a really good book for journalists who cover education:

Gerald W. Bracey, “Reading Educational Research: How to Avoid Getting Statistically Snookered.”

There are other good books on reading statistics and research on Amazon.

To be fair, I’ll pose Dubay’s point to the researchers of that study. I don’t think anyone disagrees we should be striving to improve third grade education. The study offers constructive ideas for doing so. But maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves?

Your Boston Weekend: June 11-13

Published June 11, 2010

Take your dog for a cruise in Boston Harbor this weekend (Courtesy of City Water Taxi)

With so much going on in Boston every weekend, how does the culture lover choose, or even find, the best of what Beantown has to offer? Let Hubbub do some of the sleuthing for you.

Boston’s Pride Week turns 40, the sailboats get some fierce competition on the Charles, and the Harbor Islands open their arms (and grassy expanses) to man’s best friend. Whether you want to be in the streets or on the water, there’s something for everyone.

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