State Rep Linda Dean Campbell to Hold Local Forum on Education Legislation

Mass. State House

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State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell invites Greater Haverhill residents to a June 12 forum on civic education legislation, ahead of a State House hearing June 13.

Rep. Campbell and Sen. Harriette L. Chandler are sponsoring an education proposal under consideration by the Massachusetts House and Senate to ensure civics is taught in schools. As part of the proposal, supported by the League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill, all students in Massachusetts would complete at least two civics projects in two separate grade levels as a graduation requirement.

Campbell’s initiative aims to increase awareness of federal, state, and local policies impacting the student’s community, and could include social studies, history, science, math and English courses.

Members of the community interested in hearing more about Rep. Campbell's bill ahead of its June 13 hearing are invited to attend an evening forum with the politician Monday, June 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, 16 Ashland St., Haverhill.

3 thoughts on “State Rep Linda Dean Campbell to Hold Local Forum on Education Legislation

  1. the MA curriculum frameworks are highly respected in all 50 states. Many states adopt the curriculum frameworks that MA developed. We need to rely on curriculum frameworks and talk with school councils (each separate and individual school) has a council in order to discuss what is useful and helpful in the curriculum and if you have an issue where there is deviation from the standard then discuss it with the teacher, principal, school committee etc. One difficulty is that the DESE has insisted on MCAS tests for reading and math and this has “squeezed” the curriculum and narrowed what is being taught. This bill by Senator Chandler and Rep Campbell would have specific arrangements for inquiry-approach and for experiential learning — the constant focus with taking a test for reading and math on the computer has pushed those activities out of the curriculum as well. There are enough resources in “curriculum” frameworks to get parents and teachers involved in the discussion of what needs to be the focus. Another solid resource is the state’s program that links with Calabasa CA “Center for Civic Education”. I would, at any time, discuss with you what should be the best focus of curriculum. This is indeed a bipartisan bill and there is room to discuss all views . If you come to the forum there will be time for Q&A.

  2. What needs to be legislated is teachers need to be prohibited from preaching their vile, hateful liberal agenda against Republicans and political conservatives to students who are captive hostages in the classroom. The amount of lies, vicious attacks and outright indoctrination of students by liberal teachers is out of control. Strict penalties need to be imposed on teachers who think it is their duty to promote their hateful personal opinions on students.

    • the MA curriculum frameworks are highly respected in all 50 states. Many states adopt the curriculum frameworks that MA developed. We need to rely on curriculum frameworks and talk with school councils (each separate and individual school) has a council in order to discuss what is useful and helpful in the curriculum and if you have an issue where there is deviation from the standard then discuss it with the teacher, principal, school committee etc. One difficulty is that the DESE has insisted on MCAS tests for reading and math and this has “squeezed” the curriculum and narrowed what is being taught. This bill by Senator Chandler and Rep Campbell would have specific arrangements for inquiry-approach and for experiential learning — the constant focus with taking a test for reading and math on the computer has pushed those activities out of the curriculum as well. There are enough resources in “curriculum” frameworks to get parents and teachers involved in the discussion of what needs to be the focus. Another solid resource is the state’s program that links with Calabasa CA “Center for Civic Education”. I would, at any time, discuss with you what should be the best focus of curriculum. This is indeed a bipartisan bill and there is room to discuss all views . If you come to the forum there will be time for Q&A.