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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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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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Reaching Higher NH : Pushing fads that increase illiteracy in public education?

Reaching Higher NH is actively involved in pushing the federal education reforms in New Hampshire.   Developed by State Board of Education Members; Tom Raffio and Bill Duncan, this organization was set up to promote the federal education reforms that are now facilitated through Governor Hassan’s Department of Education. Reaching Higher NH was the organization who said that they needed “beat back parents” in New Hampshire who wanted better quality public schools for their children. They are also the same organization caught promoting illiteracy in some of their blog posts. One would think that an organization set up by members of the NH Board of Education, would be more thoughtful in promoting education reforms for our children who attend public schools.  Unfortunately, they are now promoting teaching methods that do not take into account the cognitive abilities of children and have been shown to lower academic outcomes.  From their facebook page: “Sal Khan knows a thing or two about competency and deeper learning. Check out his latest Ted Talk on teaching for mastery.” I’ve suggested to students in the past, to use the Khan academy tutorials because he does a great job of explaining a math concept step by step to solve a problem.   Khan has been a huge help to students who’ve been placed in math classes where “inquiry based learning or student centered learning” has been used....

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NH Parents Upset by the Dumbed Down Competency Based Ed

Competency Based Education CBE was supposed to teach our kids workforce skills.  Skills that they could use once they graduated and moved on to a career.  However, those of us who’ve researched Competency Based Ed. realize that this new education model isn’t new. It’s the old failed Outcome Based Education (OBE) model from the 90’s. OBE was the fad that tried to take public schools from a liberal arts model to a dumbed down workforce model.  Parents quickly discovered the academics were being watered down and dumbed down “skills” were now the focus. Some skills could be useful, but more and more parents are reporting on the dumbed down skills their children have to now learn in the classroom. That’s what is happening with the Common Core education reform.  This redesign encompasses not just dumbed down Common Core Standards, but a complete redesign in public ed. CBE is now in classrooms throughout New Hampshire.  This is why parents, students and teachers in Nashua are starting to speak out.  Implementing the new federally pushed competency grading has created an uproar.  This grading system is subjective because it’s difficult to assign an objective grade to collaboration or creativity. There are all kinds of skills that are now considered 21st century skills students need to graduate.  But as I’ve noted in the past, many are simply dumbed down skills that do nothing to help...

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ALERT: NH House Ed. Chair (Republican) working for Obama Education reforms

One of the worst education reforms being pushed by the Obama administration is actually not Common Core, although we know the dumbed down Common Core Standards are in drastic need of improvement. The Obama/Federal education reform includes a return to the failed Outcome Based Education Model. (OBE)  OBE in New Hampshire is now called Competency Based Education. (CBE) This model is part of the Obama redesign in public education as you can see on the U.S. Department of Education’s web site. Outcome Based Education is the failed fad from the 90’s, but in an effort to fool you, education reformers changed the name to “Competency Based Education.” (CBE)  If reformers call it CBE, you might not realize it’s the same OBE failed model.   That’s how education reformers work.  They never acknowledge their failures but instead, they repackage the failed fad with a new name.  You can read about how CBE is failing schools in NH here. That’s why they re-named Common Core, College and Career Readiness Standards.   Education reformers are hoping you do not realize it’s the same dumbed down Common Core Standards with a new name. One would think that since this reform is primarily coming from the Obama Admin. and Governor Hassan, Republicans in New Hampshire would be fighting against this.  Not because this has to be a partisan battle, but because we know these reforms have failed...

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NH Schools Changing Values in Students Through Competencies

Outcome Based Education (OBE) was all the fad in the 90’s until parents realized that their kids were not learning the academics but instead they saw a gradual shift from an academic based program to a system that attempted to change the values, attitudes and beliefs in children.  After that failed experiment on our children, you’d think those in the education establishment would  have learned.  Parents want their kids to be educated, not indoctrinated. Fast forward to the Federal redesign in public education, and you can see that their redesign includes Competency Based Education. (CBE)  What’s the difference between OBE and CBE?  Not much. It’s a return to the shift away from academics to dumbed down workforce training. Within this model there is a focus on workforce skills like collaboration, creativity, team work, etc.  All of these skills are certainly worthy skills to acquire but when math teachers are frustrated that they now have to water down their academic content to make sure their students are “collaborating,” it’s time to admit that this model is anti-literacy. Some of those skills are are learned by playing on team sports, some have natural characteristics and others will learn by working on projects together.  The problem with CBE is it forces “competencies” on all teachers in all grades. A couple of years ago I received a call from a parent whose son was home-schooled...

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The Problematic Shift to Competency Based Education in New Hampshire Schools

New Hampshire schools are now implementing another part of the Obama redesign in public education, Competency Based Education(CBE). CBE is another rehashing of the old failed Outcome Based Education (OBE) fad. Obama’s U.S. Department of Education has committed to redesigning public education away from a focus on academics (Liberal Arts) to a dumbed down workforce training model. The workforce model includes using national standards,(Common Core or College and Career readiness standards), data-mining information on students (without parental knowledge or consent), and Competency Based Education. Most parents have already discovered that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are empty dumbed down skills and standards, but many do not know what this entire redesign means to their public schools or their child’s academic education. Heidi Sampson, State Board of Education member in Maine, sent every legislator in New Hampshire a detailed critique of CBE and why NH would be making a big mistake implementing the failed fad. Fred Bramante, former New Hampshire Board of Education member in New Hampshire has been trying to sell the CBE fad ever since he supported it as a member of the New Hampshire Board of Ed.  He is currently the self-appointed President of the National Center for Competency-Based Learning and continues to promote this old failed fad as if it is new and innovative. As CBE exposes itself to parents, they are quickly discovering the numerous problems that...

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Who’s Buying New Hampshire’s Public Schools? HINT: It’s not the public

An investigation into the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF) and the Maine Department of Education is now being promoted by concerned citizens in Maine. In a revealing article titled, “The Right View: who pulls the strings for Maine education policy?” the author exposes a scandal that’s been brewing over who actually controls Maine’s local schools.  This is something New Hampshire residents should also be concerned about. From the article: “Over the past couple of decades, unelected, outside, and powerfully backed individuals have been quietly taking education control out of parents’ and teachers’ hands. Outside money and influence now control our education agenda, and your locally elected school board has been rendered essentially impotent. Centralized curriculum coordinators and education “consultants” now run the show……” They are referring to the Nellie Mae Foundation and how this organization uses their grant money to control local schools.  The same thing is being done in New Hampshire and yet, how many parents and school board members realize they’ve lost control? What’s wrong with grant money coming into a school district?  After all, many schools need additional funding.  The devil is always in the details. It would be wise for parents and board members to request to see copies of the grant application by the school district or NH Dept. of education.  They can do that by filing a “Right to Know Request” and asking to see...

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NH Senate To Vote On HB603 & HB323 Next Week

Dear New Hampshire State Senators: Next week two important Bills will be coming to the floor of the senate for a vote. We encourage you to support HB603 and vote against the Senate Education Committee’s “Inexpedient to Legislate” recommendation. We also encourage you to vote against the Senate Education Committee recommendation on HB323 “Ought to Pass.” Vote AGAINST the “Inexpedient to Legislate” Senate Education Committee recommendation on HB603 HB 603 declares that a student exempted from taking the statewide assessment by the student’s parent or legal guardian shall not be penalized. The bill also requires a school district to provide an appropriate alternative educational activity for the time period during which the assessment is administered.. It is important to put into state statute the rights of parents to exempt their children from the statewide assessment. The new Common Core assessment (Smarter Balanced Assessment) has been labeled as fatally flawed by math content experts. Licensed child psychologists have also warned that these assessments are developmentally inappropriate, especially for younger children. Cornerstone has called upon the New Hampshire Department of Education to halt the Smarter Balanced Assessment in our public schools given the serious allegations by experts in child development and academic content. During the hearing on HB603, Sen. Stiles mentioned her concerns for losing federal funding if HB603 were to pass. However no one asked for any documentation or proof....

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