New York State External High School Diploma Program, Competency-Based Education, Stephen K. Bailey
Arts and Humanities
STEPHEN K. BAILEY (1916-1982), a distinguished educator, once remarked that the four most powerful words in the English language are "Hey, why don't we ..." In 1972 he and his colleagues Francis U. Macy and Donn F. Vicars, who shared his passionate commitment to educational change, designed the New York State External High School Diploma Program,3 the first program to award high school diplomas based on demonstrated competence, regardless of how that competence was acquired.
King, Patricia and Hinton, Mary Beth, "Hey, Why Don't We Start an External High School Diploma Program?" (1993). The Courier. Paper 303.