editorial | JOHN SILBER, 1926-2012
Silber was a ferocious reformer with an urgent mission
John Silber was such a ferocious personality, an iconoclast who left bruised victims and dazed admirers in his wake, that his fellow Bostonians are destined to be debating his legacy for a long time. But there can be no doubt about Silber’s accomplishments. Boston University looms larger in the world of academia because of his exertions as president and chancellor for three decades. Massachusetts leads the nation in education reform partly because of his belief in combining rigorous standardized testing with greater classroom resources.