ERIC Number: ED166778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
The Service Society and the Crisis in Education.
Since World War II, the U.S. has had an economy primarily based on human services. Human services are labor intensive and produce an intangible product. In the light of the growing environmental crisis, it seems likely that, if we are to survive, increasing numbers of people will be employed in service work that does not deplete our resources and pollute our surroundings. Currently the human services are ineffective in a number of ways. Large numbers of people who need services do not get them. Many who receive services do not benefit by them. There are many reasons for these failures. We do not have enough knowledge. Our training is inadequate. There is usually a gap in class and race between server and recipient. A gap exists between the professional and the consumer. Since human service work is "consumer intensive," the key to increasing productivity in this sector lies in effectively engaging and mobilizing the consumer. Education is unusual among human service industries because it is almost impossible to survive in our society without an education, yet the schools are failing large numbers of children. The solutions lie in approaches based on the strengths of children. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Conservation (Environment), Disadvantaged Youth, Economics, Educational Objectives, Educational Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Human Services, Professional Occupations, Student Participation
Not available separately--see EA 011 280
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.
Note: Paper from "The Changing Politics of Education: Prospects for the 1980's" (EA 011 280);For related documents, see EA 011 280-309