The Valpo Core Reader


Errin Jeffes

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Argument Essay

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Over the past ten years, outcome-based education (OBE) has been a major reform issue in America's schools because schools do not appear to be teaching necessary skills and reaching many students. These problems have educators and parents crying for a better system to prepare students for the world after formal schooling. Outcome-based education is being offered as one solution for this disenchantment. The concept is built around a list of outcomes, and students strive toward achieving these goals, advancing as they demonstrate mastery (complete understanding) of them. The main problem with these outcomes is they are difficult to define and understand, and it is almost impossible to measure mastery of the skills.