To The Daily Sun,
In reply to a letter headlined "Cryans Understands Common Core Will Attract Young Families," Kay M. Anderson endorsed Mike Cryans for Executive Council because he supports the Common Core Standards (CCSS) for New Hampshire students. However, she misled the readers by implying that those who do not support dumbed-down national standards somehow do not support academic standards at all. That couldn't be further from the truth.
She mentioned that she attended a meeting where I was an invited guest. I would have expected her to be honest if she heard my presentation on why I, as the education liaison for Cornerstone Action, expect better quality standards for New Hampshire students. I've never supported the dumbed-down Common Core standards, but I've been perfectly clear to point to superior standards we could be using in our schools.
For instance, the Common Core Math Standards put our students two years behind their international peers by the time they reach 9th grade. The CCSS math standards do not prepare students for University STEM programs (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics). Why? Because they end at Algebra 2 and do not include pre-calculus and calculus standards. Colleges and universities expect students to complete pre-calculus and calculus to qualify for these desired programs. You would find pre-calculus and calculus math standards in the old and superior math standards that were used in California a few short years ago.
I should also mention that the Common Core Algebra 2 standards do not fully cover an Algebra 2 course. There are many serious flaws with the new CCSS, so why would I support that? A better question might be, why would a candidate for Executive Council support that?
Joe Kenney is wise to campaign against dumbed-down academic standards for New Hampshire students. That's something Governor Hassan has failed to do.
Ms. Anderson said, "New Hampshire students deserve more than empty, worn-out platitudes." As an advocate for academic excellence and achievement in New Hampshire Schools, I couldn't agree with her more. So why would anyone settle for what she and Cryans' are trying to sell us? Another federally-backed reform effort that again, fails to elevate the quality of education many of us expect.
Ann Marie Banfield