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ERIC Number: ED141194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
Reference Count: 0
No Exit: The Closing of Choice in Education.
Vitullo-Martin, Thomas W.
Future consequences of current policies related to education are discussed. The paper considers the major political effects of cybernetic and associated communications technology. These include: (1) the centralization of power in public and private spheres, (2) the shift in governmental authority from the local and state level to the federal government, and (3) the gradual elimination of free choice of housing and education for lower income people. The introduction of data acquisition and management systems, which will give us a system-management capability of substantial complexity and power, will transform America in the two social policy areas of housing and education. Technology fosters a gradual centralization of power in both the private and public spheres, and it causes a substantial change in national policies and the national politics which support them. Ideological politics is now apparent in education in the three significant areas of racial integration, sex education curriculum, and the teaching of evolution in science courses. Parents have been unable to ignore the decisions of the schools in any of these areas. The author concludes that the major force which will shape the United States in the year 2000 is a revolution in ability to control physical and social organizations. References are included. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Cybernetics, Democracy, Democratic Values, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Housing, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Political Power, Political Socialization, Power Structure, Prediction, Public Education, Public Policy, School Role, Social Change, Social Environment, Socioeconomic Influences, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Chicago, Illinois, September 2-5, 1976)