To The Daily Sun,
After reading the letter (Jan. 9) "Learn More About The Expectations Of Common Core", I thought it would be helpful if readers understood the Common Core Standards have come at a great expense to local control in our public schools.
It came as no surprise that an organization that will benefit financially from the new Common Core Initiative would be publicly supporting it. Many refer to Common Core as: No Vendor Left Behind. I guess that's a humorous yet honest response to the number of organizations that will financially benefit from another D.C. "education reform".
What wasn't mentioned in their letter, that appeared to be more of a "sales pitch", was that these academic standards are not considered the best in the nation. In other words, what we got in New Hampshire is a set of mediocre academic standards. That is hardly something parents should be cheering about.
In fact in many states parents and teachers have been vocalizing their opposition to the Common Core Standards. This was such a problem for the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, that he issued an apology to all of the "white suburban moms" he denigrated for expecting better quality standards for their children.
Parents and teachers across the country are not only looking at the Common Core standards that continue to put their children behind their international peers, but are also looking at the developmentally inappropriate materials and math tests that have left CPA's confused.
Recently a Nashua School Board member sent testimony to a legislative committee where he revealed comments from teachers in the district on the new Smarter Balanced Assessment. Comments from teachers ranged from: "Shockingly negative experience" to "This would be a crushing emotional experience for my students".
Standards can and should be raised for New Hampshire students. However the Common Core standards that are now being translated into materials and tests that are developmentally inappropriate, confusing and frustrating, kills the love of learning and teaching.
What we are seeing now is, a rush to defend Common Core by those who will be cashing in from this new reform effort. It would be wise for parents to do their own research.
Ann Marie Banfield
Education Liaison (Volunteer) for Cornerstone Action