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    Statement Before the New Hampshire Board of Education

    Here is a good, short and direct statement to the NH Board of Education. Go forth and do likewise in your state.

    November 21, 2012


    Mr. Chairman, Commissioner, Members of the State Board, thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak here today.

    My name is Sid Glassner . I am a resident of Exeter and for the past 53 years I have been an educator. During those years a myriad of attempts were made to improve public education. I was fortunate to be a careful observer and a studious analyst of most of them. In some cases I was a participant. The State Board of Education and the State Department of Education made the decision to adopt The Common Core Curriculum, a corporate-inspired top down enterprise. Its leading patron and its prime architect are people whose occupations have kept them far from the stresses associated with the academic and emotional burdens of managing a classroom, a school or a school district. It is not at all dissimilar from taking cooking lessons from someone who has never been in a kitchen.

    I have many questions and concerns about the pedagogical direction being taken by this Board and Department. I fully realize that my questions and concerns cannot be adequately addressed at one time. However in an effort to be transparent and in the spirit of accountability I hope the Board and Department will give today’s questions and those that will be offered in the future serious and timely consideration.

    This then brings me to my first question.

    Given that among the most consistent commentaries issued about the pedagogical nature of the Common Core Curriculum is that it is a "One-Size-Fits-All" approach to teaching and learning--- a rather difficult if not impossible characterization to deny. How then do you reconcile such an attribute with the words in your Vision Statement that proclaim to provide . . .a personalized, student-centered education in a flexible, innovative learning environment that promotes active engagement to maximize the potential in every student??

    The Common Core Curriculum by its very nature does not at all promote a personalized approach to teaching and learning. There is no doubt that it is not student-centered, and is not by any stretch a flexible or innovative curriculum. Factually it is highly authoritarian and tends to de-professionalize educators. -- So why was the Common Core Curriculum adopted when it stands in direct opposition to the ideals and values expressed in your very own Vision Statement?

    My second question deals with funding which I assume was considered in the adoption process. What are the projected costs for implementing the Common Core taking into account considerable investments in professional development, the purchase of new resources and the enormous sums necessary for the development and scoring of a new battery of tests that align themselves with the Common Core? Has the public been informed of how much it will cost them not only to implement the Common Core Curriculum but to maintain it in the coming years?

    My third question involves assessment and accountability. What is your plan for assessing the success or failure of the decision you made to adopt the Common Core Curriculum and what are your plans for informing the public of such results?

    My fourth and last question today is about evidence. What evidence do you have that shows the Common Core Curriculum to be a more effective pedagogical path to follow than remaining with the New Hampshire standards already established?

    Thank you for giving me this opportunity this morning. I look forward to your timely reply.



    — Sid S. Glassner
    public statement
    November 21, 2012


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