Board declines to reconsider exit outcomes

July 23, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

The Carroll County Board of Education has again refused to reconsider its unanimous May vote to adopt a list of seven broad goals, or "exit outcomes," that describe what students should know and be able to do as they go through school.

At the board's meeting Wednesday, as in the previous two meetings, opponents said implemention of the exit outcomes would lead to the decay of family values and family privacy.

William Bowen of Westminster asked the board in a letter to reconsider its vote.

Board member Joseph D. Mish moved to reconsider the vote, but the motion died for lack of a second.

Opponents say the outcomes will lead to the promotion of homosexual rights and liberal politics.

However, the board and school administrators have said the out comes merely raise academic standards and clearly define them for students.

"They are not about 'warm fuzzies,' " said Gary Dunkleberger, director of curriculum and staff development.

The outcomes say students will be "able communicators, effective problem-solvers, collaborative workers, involved citizens, life-long learners, innovative producers and individuals with a positive self-concept."

With those as the broad goals, teachers, administrators and parents will examine the existing curriculum to have each course clearly define what students should learn in it.

Mr. Dunkleberger said that in a recent workshop, 24 parents and about 150 teachers worked for three days examining the existing curriculum in relation to the seven outcomes.

Of the 24 parents, eight were opponents who had asked to be added and were appointed by Superintendent R. Edward Shilling. The others represented school PTAs and PTOs.

Mr. Dunkleberger said follow-up surveys showed that 80 percent to 90 percent of the parents at the workshop supported the outcomes and the process.

Thomas Shaffer of Westminster, a parent who participated and still does not support the outcomes, said the numbers were flawed because most of the parents were from PTAs, which already have supported the outcomes policy.

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