15. Outcome-Based Education (4/93)

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Whereas under Outcome-Based Education (OBE) the state would set the goals for a child’s intellectual, social, emotional, and moral development and then determined whether the child’s development in each of these areas was satisfactory; and

Whereas under OBE the government would decide which specific employment skills, living, skills, and attitudes a child should have; and

Whereas the government would enforce its decision by granting or denying a child the certificate or diploma required for further education or a job; and

Whereas OBE represents a basic change in the role of the government in education from that of providing a service to that of requiring specific outcomes; and

Whereas this change would mean that the government’s claim of authority would move dramatically beyond compulsory attendance laws to compulsory education laws; and

Whereas compulsory education is inconsistent with freedom of thought and belief and the basic tenets of a free society; and

Whereas OBE blames the problem with our schools, economy, and society on the individual and family rather than the powerful interest groups and bureaucratic organizations; and

Whereas OBE would affect home schoolers because they would be expected to meet the government’s goals in education in order to be certified for college or many jobs;

Be it resolved by members of the Wisconsin Parents Association (WPA) that WPA and its members are opposed to Outcome-Based Education (OBE) and will work to inform WPA members and the general public of the problems and risks associated with OBE. 4/93

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