Program Set to Discuss New Methods of Education

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Byline: Laurel Lalonde

The Far West Suburban Prayer/Action Chapter of Concerned Women for America will present a program on outcome-based education and proposed education reform from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. today at Evangelical Free Church of Naperville, on the corner of Hobson and College roads.

Karen Hayes, Concerned Women for America's Illinois state representative, will share her expertise on outcome-based education and reform ideas being proposed at state and national levels.

Hayes is a former elected school board member and a former advisory board member for a private school. The meetings are free and open to the public.

Concerned Women for America is a national organization with 800,000 members. "Our purpose is to protect, preserve and promote Judeo-Christian values in our society," said Chris Barr, the area chapter leader.

"Outcome-based education is mastery learning. The plan for outcome-based education is that, at grade 10, all of the students would have mastered particular outcomes and then, through assessment or mastery of outcomes, they would be given a certificate of mastery from the state instead of a diploma.

"As a result, the grading system would not be there normally. …