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The Boston Globe


Yvonne Abraham

A lesson on education from Lawrence

LAWRENCE – Before you scoff, hear me out: Broke, beleaguered, brutally mismanaged Lawrence has something to teach the rest of us about public education.

And it was all happening on Thursday afternoon. Five fourth-graders at the Guilmette Elementary School pondered the meaning of “clever” in a story about a goose. In another room, stronger readers puzzled over Saturn’s rings. “Go back to the text,” the teacher said, as they struggled. “Real reading is putting something into our own words to understand it.” In yet another, students contemplated a passage on child labor in Ecuador’s banana industry.

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