ERIC Number: ED121672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Alternatives to Growth: Education for a Stable Society. Fastback 72.
Bjork, Robert M.; Fraser, Stewart E.
This essay considers the need for economic retrenchment, environmental conservation, and the implications of these positions for teaching. Facing an environmental crisis, overpopulation, and an ever-increasing reduction of natural resources, education in the future must concentrate on teaching about the futility of growth, planned and unplanned. This emphasis on a nongrowth economy will, in turn, affect how teachers must approach values issues and traditional subjects now taught in schools. The gross materialism and status achievement of Western culture will have to be downplayed for a more egalitarian commitment to global sharing. Suggestions for how teaching will change on such issues and subjects as achievement, world studies, social-class status, ethics, progress, the social ethos of the school, philosophy, economics, civics, sex education, population, energy, death, and higher education are outlined. (Author/DE)
Descriptors: Economic Change, Economic Development, Educational Philosophy, Educational Strategies, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Life Style, Population Education, Relevance (Education), Social Change, Social Studies, Values, World Problems
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($0.50, discounts available for bulk orders)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.