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Ann Marie Banfield

Ann Marie Banfield has been researching education reform for over a decade and actively supports parental rights, literacy and academic excellence in k-12 schools. You can contact her at: banfieldannmarie@gmail.com

Controversial International Baccalaureate – really, no political agenda? Ha!

Here is a Letter to the Editor I recently sumbitted: To the Editor: Last week an IB student in Bedford, wrote a letter in support of the controversial International Baccalaureate  program.  Bedford is spending extra money on the IB diploma students.  I would think any student benefiting from the taxpayer funded program would support it.   …

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International Baccalaureate – still supporting a failed UN Global Warming farce?

The recent scandal involving leaked-mails from the IPCC, showed there was a deliberate attempt to prevent scientific data on global warming from being released.  There were also attempts to destroy material that was subject to a freedom of information request and attempts to silence "man made" global warming skeptics.  It looks like this scandal goes …

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What’s that word that the Lefties love? Oh yeah, sustainability. This ain’t it

Does Obama (being a Progressive) really think that the masses are as dumb as most Progressives believe them to be?  Did he really believe that his "float this idea" was really going to rise to proclamations by Conservatives and TEA Party folks? Er, is he really believing that he is economically reality based?  Certainly not …

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Thoughts on Obama’s “Race To The Top” in Education

Remember when everyone was upset at George Bush for the "No Child Left Behind" initiative?   I wonder how many people realized that this Federal initiative was also supported by the late Ted Kennedy? THE EDUCATION FRONT Blog | The Dallas Morning News We heard cries from NEA – No Child Left Behind cemented as failed education …

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Why do we pay for so many Administrators? vs Teachers?

Dear Editor: I presented budget concerns to our local board members recently in an e-mail.   My e-mail addressed spending on the numerous administrators. (non-teaching staff)  I  questioned the necessity of these positions along with the recent proposals to renovate McKelvie School.  My e-mail to the board members addressed these TWO spending initiatives.   I also asked …

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A Letter concerning and against the International Baccalaureate Program

Dear Editor: I recently read an article where Paul DeMinico [Superintendent, Gilford, NH SAU  -Skip] argued in favor of adopting the International Baccalaureate Program.  He seemed to be arguing against the many controversial issues that plague this program.  It’s as if he simply cannot admit that this program comes with baggage.  Cost being one of …

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The NAEP math scores are in. Looks like great news for NH… or is it?

  According to the Manchester Union Leader: "fourth-graders posting average scores higher than those in 49 other jurisdictions" AND "eighth-graders also showed improvement from the last time the test was administered in 2007, with a score higher than those in 44 states or jurisdictions" It almost gives you a reason to celebrate, unless you dig …

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Indoctrination can take many forms

Recently many parents across the country expressed outrage at a speech President Obama gave to the American students.  Many were outraged by the thought of political indoctrination taking place within our schools. That’s fair, clearly we have the history of this taking place in the old Soviet style Communist classrooms and of course the Nazis used this approach.  Adolf …

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Don’t be fooled. A failed program by any other name is still that

  We don’t need no edgukashun! A short while ago, the Union Leader reported that Bedford parents were caught by surprise as to how many students had to attend summer school in order to pass the new Competencies per the NH Dept. of Education.  If you read the comments, you will find that many are convinced …

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NH Dems: A good time to create death panels

  After attending a hearing with the Judiciary Committee this morning, one thing’s for sure, the Democrats are back at it again.  They are trying to push through MORE radical legislation this year.   The Judiciary Committee met today to hear proposed amendments to HB 304 which is a physician assisted suicide bill.   Yes, in the …

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