Re: the right to pursue excellence
Tue, 6 May 1997 00:55:19 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 97-05-05 23:44:32 EDT, Melissa wrote:

<< here in Illinois, and in many of
the states I have heard about, there is a big movement toward outcomes-based
education. >>

Melissa (or anyone),

Could you give me an objective definition of "outcome based education"? I
have heard the term lambasted all over the right wing media, but I have never
really heard it defined. In the context of traditional (non-democratic)
education, the term itself sounds like a good idea to me, at least how I
define it in my head. When I taught in public schools I was always pushing
to be held accountable for what my kids actually learned (outcomes) not what
went on in the classroom. The usual way that teachers get evaluated and what
they are held accountable for, of course, is quiet and neatness in the
classroom - learning be damned!