ERIC Number: ED160532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
An Educational Model for the Future.
Fizzell, Robert L.
The American educational system is based upon outmoded premises and should be revised in line with present trends and future needs. Our present system of education was created to serve an industrial society: to develop an elite cadre of well educated professionals, a mass of somewhat educated technical workers, and a solid base of laborers. It stressed discipline, regimentation, and ranking. However, society has changed from an industrial focus to an informational focus. Most people today are employed in professional, service, and technical jobs that require better education and more self direction. Economic goals are shifting; personal goals of fulfillment are replacing goals of security; and government is experiencing increased citizen awareness and informed participation. To accompany these changes, education must be broadened, stress self direction, become continuous, and allow all people to reach the equivalent of mastery of high school. A major base of the schooling system of the future will be the community service center (CSC). The CSC will coordinate program offerings and student needs. Students and their families will meet with human services counselors and educational services counselors to determine the most appropriate educational program for them. There will be a choice of program types, based on varied instructional modes and social environments, at each level of academic development. All programs will have open admissions and clearly defined objectives. Once the American Populace agrees on the importance of human equality, this system will be possible. (AV)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Models, Open Education, Open Enrollment, Relevance (Education), Services, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Characteristics, Student Needs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Education Section of the World Future Society (Houston, Texas, October 20-22, 1978)