Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Letter: Changing core would be bad for students
Published: 03/10/2022 12:10:23
Modified: 03/10/2022 12:09:50
We were on high alert when New Hampshire lawmakers went after they banned teaching children the facts of racism in our country. Bury reality by saying that we were trying to “stir the pot” by teaching the truth of history.
Now we have HB1671, by which New Hampshire lawmakers want to remove the teaching of arts, health, physical education, computer science, digital, and world languages from the core curriculum. Will they even be taught? This could slash school budgets and force math, English, history and science teachers to integrate unfunded courses into their classroom learning. We are in the digital world, with much of our data floating in space and wrapped up in global interaction, but we want to reduce our involvement in education. Our students will be at a great disadvantage operating in the real world without computer/digital learning and foreign languages. Health and physical education are as important as academics if we hope to have a healthy society. Art and music are pillars of society without which people are deprived of enrichment.
Money cut from our children’s education will be invested in charter, private and religious schools for certain groups of students to be educated as deemed appropriate by the rules of those schools. What happens to students in general? How uneducated will they be? What does this mean for our state and our role in the country and in the world? If students in all schools learn without the extras beyond math, English, history, and science, we’ll be back in the 1600s. I don’t think we want to disintegrate our country. Call your state legislators and say no to HB1671.
Kath (Kathleen R.) Allen