Eff You Boston Magazine and Your BullShit Rankings. LHS is still the Balls.

Lowell Sun

WESTFORD — A few local high schools — led by Westford Academy — have made the honor roll, finishing at the head of the class in a recent ranking of the state’s top public high schools.

The September issue of Boston magazine names the 50 best public high schools in the state, grading each on data from the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Locally, Westford Academy scored the highest mark, landing at 36 out of 50, followed by Groton-Dunstable Regional High School and Littleton High School, which rank at 37 and 38, respectively. Burlington High School is at 42 on the list.

“I am extremely proud,” Westford Superintendent of Schools Everett “Bill” Olsen said. “We have a combination of an excellent staff, excellent students and excellent families, who all work together with one goal in mind, and that is to bring the best education to the children in this town.”

Color me unimpressed.  To manage my business, I’ll take a seasoned Red Raider over these green Ghosts any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.  Sure these pickles can average 500 on their SAT’s, but can they survive Spirit Day in the Riddick Field House? 

I’ve checked out all these schools on the list…and they’re all identical.  The only thing that sets them apart is the different ways the parents are spelling Aiden and Braiden.  In other words, nobody needs to take the LRTA to school because mom has Volvo Cross Country that seats 6.

And how on any planet is “graduation rate” an authentic measurement for how good a school is.  What, if Lowell High all of a sudden had a 12 to 1 teacher to student ratio, are we saying that would keep for example, the (fill in the blank Asian kid) from dropping out to join TRG?  How about the kid that drops out because he’s working full time at night and he’s having trouble waking up for school?  Or the sophomore who drops out because she’s expecting her second child? How is that an indictment on the school?

Seems to me you didn’t even need to bring in Babson Professors to do crazy math formulas (averaging) to complete these rankings.  You could have just listed the top 50 schools in the state based on a community’s household income and celebrated the exact same results.  But, I’m just a Lowell High graduate, and that would probably make too much sense.

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~ by Tobes on September 7, 2010.

2 Responses to “Eff You Boston Magazine and Your BullShit Rankings. LHS is still the Balls.”

  1. I survived spirit day, large class sizes, unruly “majorities”(I was a minority)…and seem to be doing Jaaaaahhst fine.

    Westford sports were terrible BTW. I mean TERRIBLE! I’m not sure what’s happened since I moved away.

  2. Bravo

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