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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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NH Students Deserve Better Science Standards

Testimony given to the NH State Board of Education on May 11, 2017: To: Chairman Cline and Members of the New Hampshire Board of Education From:  Ann Marie Banfield, Education Liaison, Cornerstone Action [email protected], 603-228-4794 Date:  Thursday, May 11, 2017 RE: Concerns regarding NH Next Generation Science Standards I come here today to address the Next Generation Science Standards that were adopted in November 2016. In 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the Common Core Standards in Math and English.  From that day, parents and teachers across New Hampshire have been discovering that the Common Core Standards are problematic...

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SUPPORT NH Education Commissioner Edelblut review of the Common Core Standards in NH

Today at the NH State Board of Ed meeting, there was an attempt to STOP Commissioner Edelblut from reviewing the current (Common Core) English and Math standards.  In other words, these people are perfectly fine with maintaining the dumbed down standards in our public schools. Administrators from Laconia, Merrimack, the North Country, Hillsborough- Deering, Oyster River along with SAU 16  (Brentwood, Exeter, East Kingston, Kensington, Newfields, Stratham and Exeter) spoke before the State Board of Education in support of keeping the dumbed down Common Core Standards in place.  At the invitation of Carl Ladd from the NH Superintendents Association, all spoke against...

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WARNING to NH TEACHERS: Will you be evaluated on your students’ mental health?

The Common Core education reform required states to tie a teacher’s evaluation to standardized testing. This was done by the former Obama administration who used the power of the federal government to tell local school districts how to evaluate their teachers. Teachers across the country revolted for good reason. Telling teachers to use dumbed down Common Core standards and providing a controversial Smarter Balanced Assessment was a set up for failure and they knew it. Teachers in New Hampshire were warning parents how this abuse in testing was harmful to children and early childhood experts explained how all of this...

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A doctor with dyslexic daughter decries destruction of Manchester’s Multi Sensory Reading Program

We publish this Op. Ed. penned by Manchester resident Dr. Travis Harker regarding the proposed layoff of the teachers responsible for Manchester’s Multi Sensory Reading Program.  Feel free to share your comments or submit your thoughts for publication.  ~Publis As a family doctor, screening tests are a very important part of the work I do.  I screen my patients for conditions, like cystic fibrosis, which affects 1 in 2500 children, colon cancer, which affects 1 out of 21 adults, and autism, which affects 1 out of 68 children, because they are common and there are ways we can help improve the health and...

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Actual Salary Averages of Manchester Police Officers & Supervisors

In response to an article about the salaries of city employees published in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard penned the following OpEd piece, which he distributed to local media outlets. We are pleased to publish it.  ~Publius A recent Union Leader article, entitled: Manchester city salaries list draws mixed reactions, reports that the reaction to our salaries was “mixed.”  I venture to say that the reaction is “mixed” because the story fails to articulate sufficiently the truth behind the salaries, and what those dollar amounts represent.  Admittedly, the story is accurate  when it states:...

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