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2015-16 Frederick Douglass Essay Contest Winners Announced

2015-16 Frederick Douglass Essay Contest Winners Announced

Pioneer Institute congratulates the winners of the third annual Frederick Douglass U.S. History Essay Contest for Massachusetts high school students. The contest encouraged students to choose from dozens of Massachusetts entrepreneurs and inventions and develop a clearly organized, well-researched essay drawing on primary and secondary sources that explained the historical impact and significance of the […]

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The Innovative Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has been a hub of medical innovation since its earliest days. When the hospital was chartered in 1811 it became only the third general hospital in the United States. In the two centuries since, it has become a globally recognized medical institution, contributing life-saving advancements, and bringing pride to Massachusetts. Mass […]

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The Man Who Inspired Steve Jobs

“The man is a national treasure. I don’t understand why people like that can’t be held up as models: This is the most incredible thing to be — not an astronaut, not a football player — but this.” – Steve Jobs Steve Jobs is widely regarded as one of the most innovative minds of his […]

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GE’s Homecoming

Last month, General Electric, one of the largest and most respected companies in America, announced it was moving its Global Headquarters to Boston. GE’s draw to Boston is a natural one, and in some ways a homecoming. It is Boston where Thomas Edison, the man credited for founding GE, opened his first business, filed his […]

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Finding Innovation in the Bay State- Tim Berners-Lee

Students in Massachusetts are surrounded by history everywhere they look. Across the state, centuries of accomplishment and change have been memorialized. Tourists come from all over the world to visit the landmarks of momentous events that took place here. A great source of pride is the Commonwealth’s unparalleled record of technological innovation. From Elias Howe’s […]

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2013-14 Frederick Douglass Essay Contest Winners Announced

Pioneer Institute U.S. History Essay Contest Awards Nearly $4,000 in Prizes to Massachusetts High School Students Five secondary school students and one high school recognized as part of initiative to encourage stronger instruction in history and civics  BOSTON – Five Massachusetts high school students have won awards totaling nearly $4,000 as a result of their participation […]

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The Heartland Institute: History and Civics Tests Postponed Indefinitely

The National Assessment of Educational Progress exams in civics, U.S. history, and geography have been indefinitely postponed for fourth and twelfth graders. The Obama administration says this is due to a $6.8 million sequestration budget cut. The three exams will be replaced by a single, new test: Technology and Engineering Literacy. “Without these tests, advocates […]

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