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Author: Ann Marie Banfield

School’s Starting: Time To Refuse The Standardized Tests (Don’t Be Misled By Superintendents)

You would think that after many parents in New Hampshire have refused to let their children take the standardize test, school administrators would lighten up a bit and stop bullying and misleading parents. I do have to mention that some parents are reporting that when they refuse to let their children take the standardized tests, some administrators have been receptive and honor their requests without hesitation. 

Unfortunately, this is not true for other parents in New Hampshire. Here is a letter sent to parents by Dr. Laura H. Nelson, Superintendent of Derry Schools in New Hampshire. There seems to...

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Is Sanborn Regional School District Lying To Parents?

I remember years ago when the former U.S. Secretary of Eduction, Arne Duncan, made a bold statement when he said: “As a country we’ve dummied down standards. We’ve reduced them due to political pressure and, we’ve actually been lying to children and parents telling them they’re ready when they’re not.” What happens when a school district is in the spotlight for being successful, but the teachers and students who attend the school or have graduated, say something else? Sanborn is one of the school districts in New Hampshire that has implemented many of the federal education reforms like Common...

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Goodbye Teachers, Hello Computers: Thank Common Core And ESSA

Back in 2010 when the New Hampshire State Board of Education adopted Common Core, I warned that this was a set up for failure.  Not only would Common Core dumb down our public schools, we’d see other negative changes, including an exodus from public schools.  Lower enrollment means there is less demand for teachers and why the Concord Monitor is reporting that there has been a decline in teaching jobs over the last decade. “Public school enrollment has shrunk 11 percent over the past decade, according to state Department of Education data.“ Parents have filled public hearings on Common...

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You Wont Believe What The National Science Foundation Is Funding In New Hampshire

The National Science Foundation (NSF) came under scrutiny years ago for causing damage to math education in the United States.  Professor David Klein, a Mathematician from California State University, wrote a letter to then Representative Boehlert and Members of the House Science Committee, exposing the damaging effects in math education that came from the National Science Foundation. In his letter from 2004, Professor Klein said, “No single institution in the United States has caused more damage to the mathematical education of children than the National Science Foundation through its EHR division. In saying this I want to make it clear that...

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FINALLY: NH Has a Governor Who Supports Parental Rights

Finally, New Hampshire parents have a reason to celebrate.  Governor Chris Sununu signed SB43 into law today.  SB 43 will require written consent from parents before school administrators can survey children with invasive surveys.  In the past, parents have been shocked to find out that their children filled out a survey at school that included invasive questions on their; sexual preference, family gun ownership, drug and alcohol usage and other invasive questions. A big thank you to Governor Sununu and Senator Kevin Avard who was the prime sponsor. This information personal information is collected by private vendors, and parents had...

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My Tribute to Sid Glassner, May He Rest In Peace

With the news that our beloved Sid Glassner passed away yesterday, I wanted to take this opportunity to mention what a blessing he was to those who knew him. Back in 2010 when the State Board of Education voted to adopt the Common Core Standards, I sat here wondering who knew this was not going to be good for public schools in New Hampshire.  Most people, including parents, teachers, and legislators had never heard about Common Core.  I began criss-crossing New Hampshire to attend any meeting to explain the flaws and the federal government’s overreach with this latest education reform....

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Now NH Businesses Want to Tell Teachers How to Teach?

I’ve seen enough education reformers try to influence how teachers teach in a classroom.  Nellie Mae is known for providing grants to the NH Department of Education and local schools in order to buy local control. Nellie Mae requires schools to use “student centered” learning even if parents object.  If children are angry because their teacher won’t teach them the material, many times that teacher has been forced to use teaching methods that require him/her to become a “guide on the side.”  Students are required to work in groups to figure out math instead of listen to a teacher...

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Tell Val Zanchuk, President of Graphicast to SUPPORT Literacy & STEM Ed.

Go to : https://www.facebook.com/val.zanchuk and tell Val Zanchuk (Chair of the BIA in NH) that our public schools deserve better quality academic standards. Val Zanchuk is the PRESIDENT of Graphicast in NH. He is touting support for legislation in NH to increase pre-engineering for students k-12. YET the organization he chairs (BIA)  opposes New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education in an effort to improve the quality of our academic standards. Common Core does NOT prepare students for the  STEM fields. (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Lowering the Bar: How Common Core Math Fails to Prepare Students for STEM Jason Zimba, lead writer for the Common...

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One NH School Seeing a BIG Increase in Test Refusals by Parents

Every year more parents catch on that the standardized testing in New Hampshire does nothing to help their children academically. In fact, it actually takes time away from learning in the classroom. One New Hampshire district is seeing a big increase in test refusals from parents. The Principal responded with the following e-mail but left out some critical pieces of information.   For instance in the new FEDERAL LAW (Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA) it says: ESSA page 144-145 ‘‘(2) TESTING TRANSPARENCY.— ‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—At the beginning of each school year, a local educational agency that receives funds under...

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Google & the BIA: Promoting ILLITERACY in the Classroom? For Corporate Profits?

I keep hearing people talk about the Information Age and all we have to do is look something up on the Internet to get answers to our questions.  While this may be true in one sense, how would you feel if your doctor had to look everything up on their I-pad during a visit?  Don’t you expect the teacher in the classroom to have knowledge of what they are teaching?  Shouldn’t the builder know how to measure and add fractions together?  Basic knowledge allows an individual to be literate in certain subjects.  It’s expected of professionals working in an industry...

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