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View Poll Results: Boston Latin School or English High?
Boston Latin 9 100.00%
English High 1 11.11%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 9. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-22-2009, 07:05 PM
Location: Boston, MA
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These two major schools are both situated in Boston. They have been rivals for over 300 years. which one has a better educational history?
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:19 PM
Location: Chicago
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you're comparing an exam school w/ a LONG history of educational excellence to a school w/ a long recent history of academic failure that led to a complete restructuring of the school? English High may have once been a really good school, but recently, it has become a very visible symbol of the failure of the BPS. no comparison, no contest, no point in even asking, IMHO
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:03 PM
Location: Boston, MA
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Sheesh, Eevee couldn't have said it any better. My alma mater Boston Latin is the older school (and no, your facts aren't quite right, English has only been around since 1821 - 188 years) and by age alone has the more illustrious history. Latin has graduated more alumni of prominence, sent more graduates to Harvard and the other Ivies, has been recognized more times for outstanding achievement, and has its own entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica whereas English is mentioned only in the entry for History of Secondary Education.

I started a thread some time ago in this Boston Forum about Boston English. You might have to scroll back a few pages to find it because not many people replied to it. The ones that did generally had the consensus that English should have been made an exam school long ago like Latin and that it was a missed opportunity. I had the opinion that maybe the BPS should make it an exam school now because all of their initiatives to turn the school around have failed so far. The City of Boston seriously needs another rigorous college preparatory public high school that is popular with low, middle, and upper income residents alike. We don't need anymore run-down, understaffed, poorly supplied, underperforming schools.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:06 PM
Location: Dallas
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That's like
Godzilla vs Bambi.
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