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Author: Ann Marie Banfield

One More Reason To Refuse The Standardized Tests For Your Children, Violating NH Laws

Another reason for parents to REFUSE the standardized assessments for their children. I removed the name of the parent at her request.   ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Ann Marie Banfield <[email protected]> Date: Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 5:55 PM Subject: Re: Fw: SBAC test question review To:  “Edelblut, Louis (Frank)” <[email protected]> Commissioner Edelblut,  Please see the following e-mail that was sent by Heather Gage regarding ****’s request to see her son’s Smarter Balanced Assessment that he took in 2017. As you can see, she is being denied access to the test questions on the assessment her son took.  You...

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WARNING: SNHU Students and Parents of Children in Public Schools

According to this recent article in the Manchester Union Leader, SNHU received a $1 million dollar grant from Google to develop an assessment to measure “soft skills.” Soft skills include behaviors, attitudes, and the mental health of the person being assessed.  In NH, these soft skills are  being assessed k-12 too.   In some cases this is being done without parental knowledge or consent.   This is part of the Competency Based Education model that includes measuring attitudes, dispositions, and behaviors.   Pearson recently conducted similar research on college students without their informed consent: https://spectator.org/the-lefts-latest-creepy-orwellian-education-tactic-social-psychological-interventions/   Here, the authors...

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For Students Walking Out To Remember The Columbine School Shooting, Please Read This

On Friday, students are going to walk out of school to remember the Columbine school shooting, and demand more stringent gun control laws.  But, have any of these students looked at what happened at Columbine ? Do they know what was going on inside the school? I’ve been an outspoken critic of our schools being turned into mental health facilities.  Not because mental health isn’t important, but because those treating children are not properly trained or educated. It takes years of education and training for a Child Psychologist to earn their degree.  They then take an oath to uphold...

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UNH, surveys on children, and who is looking out for them? WARNING to PARENTS

Now that New Hampshire has a law (signed by Governor Sununu in 2017) that requires informed written consent from parents/guardians before a school district can administer a non-academic survey, I wanted to share an e-mail exchange between a professor at the University of New Hampshire and myself regarding a survey that is going to be given to students in Keene. I started by sending a “right to know” request to the Professor at UNH and administrator at the Keene School District. These emails were copied to administrators and school board members in Keene, the NH House and Senate Education...

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NH’s ATTACK on Religious Schools: TAKE ACTION

PLEASE write the House Eduction Committee members and ask them to vote AGAINST HB 1432 OR ATTEND the PUBLIC HEARING: 01/30/2018 at 02:15 PM LOB Room 207 (Legislative Office Building directly behind the State House) To: Rick Ladd <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], “Cordelli, Glenn” <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], James Grenier <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], Representative Joe Pitre <[email protected]>, Victoria Sullivan <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee:   My name is Ann Marie Banfield, and I am the Education Liaison for Cornerstone Action.  Cornerstone Action represents roughly 6,000 New Hampshire residents.  Cornerstone’s interest in education is to...

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There is an all out assault on parental rights in New Hampshire

Parents in New Hampshire fought long and hard to pass a state law that would require written consent before their children took an invasive survey in their local public school.  We heard from parents and school board members across New Hampshire describing how they found out their child took a controversial and personal survey without their knowledge. Last year Governor Christopher Sununu supported parents by signing SB43 which came from the study committee on HB206 in 2015.  Schools must now receive written consent from parents before their children can take an invasive non-academic surveys at school. During the study committee several people...

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Are NH Schools Practicing Mental Health Quackery On Your Kids?

The new federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), pushes schools to shift their focus away from academics to treating your child’s mental health.  This is something I take very seriously since some children come to school having to deal with all kinds of societal problems. Unfortunately, I’ve seen well-intentioned counselors in some schools do more damage than good when treating students.  Public schools weren’t set up to become mental health clinics for children.  Children who need those services need highly qualified licensed practitioners treating them in the same way you would want a doctor who specializes in cancer treating...

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SB466, Another Partisan Attack on New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education?

New Hampshire’s Senate Democrats filed legislation to limit the activities of the Commissioner of Education.  SB466 says; “during their term of appointment, a commissioner may not hold or campaign for elective office, serve as the officer of a political party or political committee, use his or her name in support of or in opposition to a candidate, participate in or contribute to political campaigns or act as a lobbyist.”  SB466  is sponsored by Senators:  Woodburn, Dist 1; Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Feltes, Dist 15; Fuller Clark, Dist 21; SHennessey, Dist 5;  Kahn, Dist 10;  Lasky, Dist 13;  Soucy, Dist 18 and;...

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SAU93 Monadnock’s Superintendent wants the best quality education for her kids, just not for your children

Monadnock’s Superintendent wants the best quality education for her kids, just not for your children.  (See her letter below) There is a heated battle taking place in New Hampshire right now.  SB193 is a proposed bill that would set up Education Savings Accounts for families so they could access funding for their child to use at the school of their choice. Most Superintendents send some students to specialized schools outside the district if they  believe it will help those  children .  For instance, if a school does not have the capacity to educate a child with a severe disability, that...

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PARENTS: Questions To Ask Regarding Mental Evaluations On Your Children By Their Local School

I opposed Competency Based Education (CBE) in New Hampshire because it is a model used to change attitudes, beliefs, and values in children.  The old Outcome Based Education (OBE) model used in the 90’s failed students back then. OBE never focused on improving literacy, it was a model that shifted focus away from academics.  These failed fads tend to die out after a few years when parents figure out it does nothing to improve literacy. Social and Emotional learning (SEL) is the new fad that attempts to change your child’s values, values, and beliefs. Does your child have the...

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