As posted on Maryann Boucher’s face-book page:
My Letter to Bill Duncan and the NH Board of Education regarding Common Core here in NH.
Good Morning Mr. Duncan!
My name is Maryann Boucher and we met briefly at the Common Core State Standards Debate at St Anselm’s College last Monday evening. I was the teacher that approached you after the debate, sharing my displeasure with CCSS in NH and the lack of a Kindergarten Mandate/Full Day program in our state.
Throughout the debate you continually read endorsement after endorsement from NH Educators working with CCSS in their classrooms. You seemed surprised to hear I wasn’t an enthusiast. I am writing because it’s my professional responsibility to share with you the latest news regarding The Chicago Teacher’s Union and Maine Teachers with respect to their recent opposition to Common Core, see below.
After you read the attached posts, please reflect on the following:
I urge you to look outside our borders and see what will soon be NH’s reality. Do you honestly believe Common Core and SBAC are the resources and tools we need?
I urge you to visit classrooms in our great state that have different demographics (poverty) and witness first hand the developmental inappropriateness of Common Core.
I urge you to do your own research! Learn WHY standards that were predominately in grades 1 and 2 are NOW living in Kindergarten? My classroom door is always open!
I urge you to talk to veteran teachers, and those that are not an “echo chamber” and listen with an open mind and hear their concerns.
I urge you to thoroughly scrutinize Common Core standards and prove their effectiveness and flexibility for our children with learning differences and culturally diversity ( ESOL).
I urge you to ask the professionals in Child Psychology, David Elkind, author of The Hurried Child , The Gisell Institute, and Leslie University why they don’t support Common Core State Standards in the primary grades?
I urge you to produce the evidence/study that illustrates “higher standards” improve student achievement. Great Teachers improve student achievement!
I urge you to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment, if you haven’t already, and share your scores publicly. Then report out on how your SBAC data will help a teacher design instruction to lift your learning. Assessment should drive instruction.
I urge you to find another profession that will be evaluated by someone else’s work. (new teacher evaluation system attached to RTTT Funds)
I urge you NOT to state 16,000 teachers from NEA-NH support Common Core.
I urge you to PAUSE and RETHINK your stand on Common Core in NH and it’s unfriendly cohort, Smarter Balanced.
As the Lorax spoke for the trees, I am an educator speaking for the children.
Thank You! You make a difference in the lives of our children.
Hooksett School District
NH Educator since 1988
“Kindergartners should be blowing bubbles, NOT filling them in!”