ERIC Number: ED226444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug-18
Reference Count: 0
Priorities for Education in the Information Age: Living with Computers and Learning a Living.
Pulliam, John D.
Educational needs of the future must be addressed, even though projecting into the 21st century is difficult. Educators need to envision a better future and believe that people can influence that future and that the potential for world improvement is good. A vision or design for the future requires thinking about long-range possibilities rather than narrow specialties. At present, technology and development allow many to pursue human fulfillment, but the imagination needed to design an education for envisioning wider human fulfillment must come from educational leaders who are futurists themselves. However, a better future is not guaranteed, especially if the good life is defined only in materialistic terms and if there is no stimuulation for conceptualizing life on a higher plane. Future educational aims will have to be based on a wider foundation. They should include learning to learn efficiently (to keep up with changing requirements and jobs), socialization on a broader scale involving more alternatives, value formation, education beyond job training (including continuing education and preparation for leisure), renewed emphasis on general education, development of skills in evaluating ideas and materials, and education for dealing with the unknown, uncertainties, and probabilities. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (36th, San Marcos, TX, August 15-20, 1982).