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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

The problems with constructivism in school

Parents are probably hearing how schools are committed to a "student-centered" approach to teaching.  But what does that mean?  In Constructivism it means that your child will be participating in "discovery learning."   In this setting the students work in groups or with other students, and the teacher takes on the role of "facilitator" rather than …

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International Baccalaureate: Where’s the tolerance? Where’s the commitment to academics and academic excellence?

Bedford High School offers the International Baccalaureate program for Juniors and Seniors.  Other schools in NH are also considering adopting this program into their curriculum.  Bedford school administrators and board members have given their approval of this program but what always seems to be missing is, the controversial baggage that comes with IB. How will teachers …

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Solving those really big problems here in the Granite State… like homeschoolers.

NH Math: "F" How often are New Hampshire parents opening up the newspapers only to find out that our students are not performing well on state standardized tests?  This seems to be a routine headline in the New Hampshire press lately.   New Hampshire has state standards that have been criticized by prestigious organizations like …

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“We need to spend more money on education in order to improve the quality of education.”

That seems to be the consensus among educators whenever someone addresses the problems in education.  The standard response always seems to be: education is under funded.  What many people do not know is, in one school district, this theory was put to a test.  The Kansas City experiment is well known in the education circles …

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International Baccalaureate Program (IB)– Is it worth the cost?

Families and companies all around the country are cutting expenses in these tough economic times.  Surprisingly, many state governments are doing the same.  I guess they figured out that spending like there’s no tomorrow gets us in a financial mess.   I’m wondering if our New Hampshire schools will be doing the same?  Taxes have increased …

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The first step to improving math education in NH is by changing the math standards. Why is this not a priority of the Lynch Administration or the Democrats who now control the legislature in New Hampshire?

I wonder how many parents are sitting around the kitchen table trying to  help their children with their math homework.  It used to be that children in elementary school could come home and if they needed help, they could turn to their parents.  With the infusion of New or Fuzzy mathematics in many of the …

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Educating “subordinates” for the global economy? Is this what we really want?

We don’t need no edgukashun! Should students be able to graduate after completing 10th grade?  That is now being discussed in the New Hampshire Dept of Ed, as reported by some of the NH papers.  I sit here amazed that anyone would ask that question.  What’s more bothersome is that we have adults, paid by …

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