Disconnected rhetoric

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Few issues stir up a good debate as readily as education, and the sharpest debates are over money and curriculum. But while those with rival educational philosophies often cross swords, we wonder how often they communicate.

Last Monday, for example, the Research Bureau presented a forum in Worcester on the Common Core State Standards, while the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education was in Fitchburg to hear testimony for and against a charter school proposal.

The trouble is that the opposing sides often appear to be more interested in getting through their list of talking points than in having any substantive dialogue.

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