This week there are 6 bills in the New Hampshire House of Representatives that will be voted on regarding Common Core. These new ‘standards’ were forced upon the Granite State by New Hampshire’s Department of Education who decided to use Common Core without much knowledge of the program. Parents and educators from across the state are unifying against Common Core because the standards are actually worse than New Hampshire’s. Not only that but the methodology used to teach is hurting children and making teachers’ jobs more difficult.
What is Common Core? From wikipedia:
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an education initiative in the United States that details what K-12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and seeks to establish consistent education standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit-bearing courses at two- or four-year college programs or enter the workforce.
It sounds great doesn’t it? Unfortunately it’s one of the worst educational programs in the history of the United States. The program was not created by actual K-12 educators nor was it piloted anywhere before being adopted. It is a program being pushed from the federal government by offering incentives to states that put Common Core into place. Many parents are furious because the new ‘teaching style’ is often confusing and painful for children. Children who once loved school now hate it. Children who were ‘straight A’ students are now failing. Common Core hurts special education and English as Second Language learners as well. The bills in the House are below from Stop Common Core in New Hampshire:
HB 1508- terminating state participation in the COMMON CORE educational standards. This bill terminates STATE participation and allows DISTRICTS to decide LOCALLY.
HB 1397 - establishing a committee to STUDY whether the department of education is operating within its statutory authority. This bill is needed to provide TRANSPARENCY. Parents need to know why the STATE implemented Common Core by stealth using REGIONAL LIAISONS.
HB 1239 - relative to the implementation of new educational standards. This bill requires fiscal analysis and public input before implementing new standards.
HB 1262 - relative to student assessment data privacy. This bill allows districts to score and aggregate assessment data before it leaves the district to insure privacy of student information.
HB 1496 - relative to the objectivity and validity of student assessment materials. This bill allows districts to use alternative assessments if Smarter Balanced Assessments do not comply with state law. Assessments must be "valid," "appropriate" and "objectively scored" under state law, RSA 193-C.
HB 1432 - delaying implementation of certain statewide assessments and studying the effects of delaying implementation of certain curriculum changes in the public schools.
New Hampshire isn’t the only state where teachers and parents are unifying against Common Core. Indiana just terminated Common Core. In the ‘blue’ state of New York, even unions are coming out against Common Core. With so many people pushing for at least studies and delays in this program, Granite Staters should hope that the House will push for the same things.
While terminating the program is the best option, at least Democrat legislators could push it off to find out if it really is a worthy program. They’ll discover that it is not based on what has already been revealed about it but they can save face with their party since both Governor Hassan and Obama are pushing it. It’s time they take action on what’s best for the children rather that what’s handed down from the party. Common Core shouldn’t be about politics or political parties. It’s hurting the children of New Hampshire and it’s time someone stands up for them since the Department of Education decided to throw them under the school bus.