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four.12.19 – Breitbart

“Mother and father Increase Concern over SAT Essay Query on Bernie Sanders’ Op-Ed”


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commissioner of the New Hampshire Division of Schooling (DOE)
responded Thursday in a press assertion to the considerations of some mother and father
who reported their youngsters taking the current SAT check have been requested to
write an essay on an excerpt from a 2014 op-ed by present presidential
candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

“The column in query was in all probability a poor selection, in hindsight,” stated Commissioner
Frank Edelblut. “Nevertheless, it doesn’t have an effect on the power of scholars to
be capable of learn and course of the idea of the piece and whether or not or not
the writer made a persuadable argument — which is the aim of the
essay within the first place.”

the DOE defined, college students taking the School Board’s SAT check in 2019
have been requested to put in writing an essay on a passage from Sanders’ Wall Road
Journal op-ed titled,
“There’s No Have to Finish Saturday Mail Supply,” which was revealed on
March four, 2014, and reprinted on Sanders’ web site.

Information reached out to the School Board, asking if the precise check
query might be despatched, and whether or not college students have been required to distinction
Sanders’ views towards privatization of the U.S. Postal Service with
that of a person with a unique perspective.

Goldberg, government director of media relations and exterior
communications with the School Board, promptly replied to the inquiry, however didn’t ship the check query:

SAT asks college students to learn and analyze quite a lot of passages, together with
revealed works with a variety of views. For instance, college students
taking the SAT have just lately encountered passages written by President
Ronald Reagan and Republican members of Congress, together with Senator Ted
Cruz and Consultant Darrell Issa. College students are instructed to not
clarify whether or not they agree or disagree with the writer.

New Hampshire DOE said it’s working with the School Board on the
situation “to make sure that there aren’t any considerations from Granite State
mother and father sooner or later.”

13,000 college students in New Hampshire took the SAT this yr, each the
written model on March 27 and the digital check administered by means of
April 9. One involved father or mother raised the difficulty of the query about
Sanders’ column on April 10, reported the DOE.

The DOE continued:

a part of the essay part of the SAT, college students got a piece of a
topical column to research and are required to learn it, clarify how the
writer builds an argument to influence an viewers, and help their
rationalization with proof from the part.

College students
are usually not requested to agree or disagree with the place taken within the
part or requested to put in writing about their private expertise.

Whereas the School Board didn’t present Breitbart Information with the precise excerpt from Sanders’ op-ed that was used within the SAT query, Sanders wrote in his column:

are very highly effective and rich particular pursuits who need to privatize
or dismember nearly each perform that authorities now performs,
whether or not it’s Social Safety, Medicare, public schooling or the Postal
Service. They see a chance for Wall Road and company America
to make billions in income out of those providers, and couldn’t care
much less how privatization or a degradation of providers impacts unusual

years, antigovernment forces have been telling us that there’s a
monetary disaster on the Postal Service and that it’s going broke. That
isn’t true. The disaster is manufactured.

The New Hampshire DOE famous it acquired this info from the School Board:

In accordance
to the School Board, SATs are developed three years prematurely and the
last check is pre-tested a yr earlier than going stay. In different phrases, the
column was first thought-about for the present check a yr earlier than Sen.
Sanders’ first marketing campaign for president and pre-tested a yr earlier than his
announcement for the 2020 election. In accordance with the School Board,
current SATs have included passages written by President Ronald Reagan,
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, and U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA.

Ann Marie Banfield, schooling liaison for Cornerstone Motion in New Hampshire, wrote at Fact in American Schooling about two mother and father’ considerations she seen on social media:

1) Why was there an Essay Query on my daughter’s SAT check asking her to elucidate why Bernie Sanders speech was efficient??

No matter any political views that is underhanded and simply incorrect.

2) The
entire nation takes obligatory SAT’s yesterday and my daughter was one
of them … she advised me that the final query was critiquing a speech
that Bernie Sanders made on not privatizing the submit workplaces. His
arguments/opinions put on the market with none opposing views.

Banfield reported on one mum or dad’s feedback relating to the essay query:

how the query is couched. It’s type of like asking, ‘Clarify why
Hillary Clinton isn’t President although she deserved to win.’ It’s
an opinion framed as a reality.

drawback isn’t that they included a speech from a politician.
The issue is that they introduced opinion as reality. It’s referred to as a ‘thoughts

School Board’s SAT school admissions checks and the Superior Placement
(AP) program have been the topic of serious controversy in current

Coleman, School Board president, was a chief “architect” of the Widespread
Core State Requirements. As soon as he turned president of the School Board, he
got down to align the SAT with Widespread Core, as he additionally welcomed members
of former President Barack Obama’s reelection marketing campaign — Organizing for
America (OFA) — to his scholar data-collection group.

a convention of the Invoice Gates Basis-supported Strategic Knowledge
Venture in Might 2013, Coleman admitted the Widespread Core requirements weren’t “state-led.”

I was concerned in convincing governors and others round this nation
to undertake these requirements,” Coleman stated throughout his keynote, “it was not
‘Obama likes them’ — do you assume that may have gone nicely with the
Republican crowd?”

the convention, Coleman additionally introduced his social justice knowledge
assortment undertaking, aimed toward profiling college students he known as
“low-hanging fruit,” primarily black and Latino Okay–12 college students.

After convincing 45 state boards of schooling to undertake the unproven Widespread Core requirements  — which one schooling analyst now calls the
“worst large-scale instructional failure in 40 years” — Coleman assumed
the top publish on the School Board and tapped Nate Silver, Google CEO
Eric Schmidt, the Strategic Knowledge Venture, and Harvard’s Middle for
Schooling Coverage Analysis to help with the gathering of scholar knowledge.

As Banfield noticed, in February 2018, Coleman was rebuked for utilizing the Parkland, Florida, faculty capturing to advertise the School Board’s AP program.

Schooling Week noticed that,
in an e-mail letter to members of the School Board, Coleman famous a
speech by Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty scholar Emma Gonzalez,
and boasted that her tackle was “infused with references to her AP
Authorities class.”

am compelled to share the unadulterated, impassioned voice of a
scholar, drawing on her schooling as each defend and sword within the
aftermath of horrible occasions,” Coleman wrote.

additionally famous that a reporter who interviewed scholar David Hogg
wrote: “Up to now yr, Hogg’s curiosity in journalism has grown
stronger. His AP U.S. Historical past class lately discovered concerning the Pentagon
Papers and the position journalists — ‘the fourth examine on the federal government,’
he stated — play in the USA.”

Hogg’s phrases honor Superior Placement academics all over the place, for they
mirror their energy to open worlds and futures to college students,” Coleman

Coleman’s letter led to a firestorm of criticism from schooling professionals in any respect ranges…


The School Board additionally revised its AP U.S. Historical past (APUSH) program with a left-leaning ideological framework, Banfield famous.

In April 2018, a deliberate up to date version of an APUSH textbook taught college students
that white Christian People are discovering it “troublesome to regulate” to
turning into a minority. The textbook instructed that President Donald
Trump’s election occurred as a result of his obvious “racism related with a
vital variety of main voters.”

transfer resulted in calls to interrupt the School Board’s testing monopoly,”
Banfield wrote. Politicizing U.S. Historical past was not going to occur with out controversy or a battle.”

That “politicization” led to extra schools abandoning the SAT as their admissions check of selection….

A brand new competitor to the School Board’s SAT and rival ACT is the Basic Studying Check (CLT), an effort to encourage a return to classical schooling in the USA. In simply two years, the variety of college students who took the CLT has grown from 1,000 in 2016 to greater than 10,000 in 2018. A pattern check might be seen on the CLT’s web site.

Nationwide Evaluation reported on the speedy success of the CLT:

brief order, the CLT has began to develop into to standardized checks what
homeschooling and the classical-education motion are to public
faculties: a flourishing various for folks and academics whose imaginative and prescient
of studying differs sharply from what goes on in most of America’s
lecture rooms. Its continued success might even persuade some faculties to
return to extra conventional content material.

making an attempt to encourage familiarity with the Western canon and supply a
rigorous measure of reasoning, schooling, and educational formation,” stated
Jeremy Tate, one of many founders of CLT…

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