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A Handbook for Teachers About Outcome Based Education

A Handbook for Teachers About Outcome Based Education

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TEACHER, TEACHER, I DECLARE!
A Handbook for Teachers About Outcome Based Education
By Anita Hoge
Save Our Schools Network80 Highland AvenueWest Alexander, PA 15376
o All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be duplicated without written permission from theauthor. The views expressed or implied in this manuscript arc those of the author. All credits given toquoted material was done to the best possible degree. If any error was made, please contact this author forcorrections. Correspondence can be sent to Anita Hoge at the S
.O
.S. address above
.
Phone 412-484-7373, Fax 412-484-7992
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Forward
So, you wanted to be
a
teacher
.
A Message
I dedicate this paper to teachers who have dedicated their lives to serve and teachchildren. As a teacher, you have already made the decision that you wanted to be withchildren
..
. to teach them, to guide them, and to watch them grow
.
Next to parents,students spend the most time of each day with you. You relay the excitement ofadventure, you help develop curiosity and motivation, and you direct children's lives whenthey are at school. You show them that knowledge is a noble pursuit, that knowledge canlead them in many directions and open many doors
.
But best of all
..
. you love to teach,
and that is what you do best
.
Introduction
Take A Look Around
This paper reflects on the future of teaching as a profession
.
Methods, testing, andcurricula are changing. Many experienced teachers are retiring. Multiple non-academicdemands knock on your classroom door
. Do you know why? Have you heard about
Goals 2000, Improving America's School Act, or School To Work? If you haven't, pleasebe introduced to the radical change of philosophy taking place in American education
.
It
is called Transformational Outcome Based Education
.
It is the vehicle for remolding the
entire American education system to focus on "human resources development," to makeeducation an issue of "national security status." What does that mean?Our nation'sPresident, in his State of the Union address in January 1997, announced that this countrywill forge ahead with national standards, national testing, and a national curriculum
.
He
expounded on a national system of teacher certification called "master teachers
."
What
does this mean to you? What is the difference between you and a master teacher?
Would
you qualify?Have you heard about the manufacturing business model called TQM (Total QualityManagement) being implemented in American education? Have you heard about the U
.S
.
Department of Labor initiative called the SCANS [Secretary's Commission for Achieving
Necessary
Skills']?
Have you heard that children are referred to as "human capital," anddo you know what world class standards really mean? Do you have what it takes to be a"global processor of human capital?" Or, do you yearn to just teach?
'
See Appendix A for SCANS documents from the U
.S
. Department of Labor which explain teacher "employability
skills" criteria and the new Certificate of Initial Mastery, a state diploma jointly developed by the University of
Pittsburgh and the National Center for Education and the Economy
.
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