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Kudos to New Hampshire's Board of Education for standing up to Frank Edelblut, Sununu's controversial pick for education commissioner. The board recently voted unanimously to refuse Edelblut's request to review the state's school science standards.
The board adopted the Next Generation Science Standards last year after a two-year-long review. Edelblut requested another review because NGSS had been given a grade of "C" by the Fordham Institute. However, Jack Hassard, a former high school science teacher and professor emeritus of science education at Georgia State University, describes Fordham as an "ultra-conservative" organization, whose criteria used to evaluate the NGSS are "low-level, mediocre at best." According to Hassard, Fordham "appears to have had their eyes closed" during the past 30 years, when "many of the creative ideas ... emerged in science teaching." The Board of Education agreed. As board member Bill Duncan stated, "Fordham's view of the standards is from 1950 science teaching."
Sununu's choice of Edelblut was met with much criticism. He and his wife home-schooled their children and he has had no professional public education experience. According to state law, education commissioners "shall be qualified to hold their positions by reason of education and experience." Because of Edelblut's lack of experience and his conservative views on education, critics were fearful that his appointment was strictly political. It appears that their fears were well-founded.
If you are concerned about the current attack on science and gutting of the EPA by the Trump administration and Republican leaders, please join the worldwide March for Science on Earth Day, April 22, which includes satellite marches in Concord and Portsmouth. For more information, search March for Science Concord NH or March for Science Portsmouth NH on Facebook.
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