The Boston Globe editors write concerning their adored and endorsed gubernatorial candidate:
He says he supports MCAS, including a new science exam, as a high school graduation requirement. Yet he appoints one of the state's most passionate MCAS opponents to the policy-making education board. He complains that MCAS is now the sole assessment of student progress. Yet he must know that every school district also requires students to pass certain courses to earn their diplomas. He says he wants balanced views on the board in the interest of healthy debate. But he elevates the likelihood of clashes by tossing Kaplan in with current board member Sandra Stotsky, a take-no-prisoners warrior for high standards and strict teacher accountability. And to confuse matters even more, he has appointed one of the state's strongest MCAS supporters, former Boston school superintendent Thomas Payzant, to a panel to carry out his “cradle-to-career” education plan.
If there is a cogent philosophy here, it's well disguised.
Perhaps the Globe editors forget that Patrick’s campaign slogan “Together we can” lacked a predicate.