Forums will explore new set of standards for Carroll schools

January 19, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Parents who are scratching their heads about all the talk o "outcomes" can attend one of three forums, starting tonight, to learn more about standards for what students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate.

The meetings are sponsored by the Carroll County Council of PTAs and will be at 7 p.m. today in the Liberty High School auditorium, Thursday in the Manchester Elementary School cafeteria and Tuesday in the Westminster High School second-floor cafeteria.

More than 700 teachers, administrators, parents, students, business people and community leaders spent several months last year hammering out the set of seven broad standards they agreed are essential outcomes of a good education.

As written, the list says the three most critical standards are that students be able to communicate well, have a positive self-concept and be able to identify and solve problems.

The remaining four standards are that students work well with others, continue to learn throughout their lives, create or at least appreciate the arts, and be involved citizens.

Among complaints from parents and other residents have been that the outcomes do not include a strong case for teaching about different cultures -- including black culture -- or for preparing students to be good parents and family members.

One parent said the standards are written in jargon and should be edited so the public can understand them.

Superintendent R. Edward Shilling said the list encompasses all grade levels and subject areas.

Once individual subject-area supervisors make their own list of standards, such as for social studies or science, the language will be more specific, he said. Later the system will mold its curriculum and philosophy to support the ends described in the "outcomes."

Forums especially for the business community will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 and 8:30 a.m. Jan. 29 at Friendly Farm/Wilhelm Catering on Route 140. The business forums are sponsored by the county Chamber of Commerce and The Sun. For reservations, call Sheila, 751-7907.

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