Parents mostly support proposed 'exit outcomes'

January 20, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

"Exit outcomes" got a B last night.

About 50 parents met in small groups at Liberty High School to discuss the blueprint for what their children will be expected to know by the time they graduate. Most liked the ideas, but said the language should be clearer.

In one group, Tom Humphries of Taylorsville was skeptical.

"I'm here because I didn't like the way it sounded," said Mr. Humphries, a contractor and father of three boys. "I think we ought to stick to more basic things."

"As much as he doesn't like the way it feels, I like the way it feels," said Robin Feroli, a nurse and mother. "It just feels like the future."

"I don't have bad feelings about any of these as a concept," said Debbie Oronzio, a parent and marketing director.

However, she said she wondered how the standards would be translated to classroom instruction, and how teachers would decide whether children had met their goals.

The forum was the first of three around the county conducted by the Carroll County Council of PTAs.

When completed and approved by the school board, the list of standards will set the direction for every decision the school system makes, officials said.

Now the school calendar is the central force in education, said Gary Dunkleberger, director of curriculum and staff development.

Once learning is based on "outcomes," whether students learn something is more important than when they learn it.

The criteria are that students be able to communicate well, have a positive self-concept, be able to identify and solve problems, work well with others, continue to learn throughout their lives, create or at least appreciate the arts, and be involved citizens.

Two more forums are set for parents at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Manchester Elementary School cafeteria, and Tuesday at the Westminster High School second-floor cafeteria.

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