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ERIC Number: ED176088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct-22
Reference Count: 0
A Society of Elders: Education Only for the Old?
Kasworm, Carol E.
North America and Europe are being transformed into a society of elders primarily due to improvements in medical technology and the reduction in the birth rate. Traditional life constructs are no longer valid. The futurist must begin to explore new systems which provide a viable synergistic relationship among education, work, and leisure. Educational leaders are exploring the concepts of lifelong learning and recurrent education. The primary goal is to break up the present age-segregated youth ghetto of education and create multidiversional systems infused with concepts of lifelong learning for all age groupings. Within the work sector, education should become a valuable adjunct, intermeshed with ongoing labor efforts. The future possibilities of this interchange make this option to adult learners a very attractive one. Finally, the concept of leisure is changing as our society is changing. It has value and importance for the self-explorational, creative side of human beings. It must be interwoven with education and work, while also maintaining its own sense of value with the growth of the individual and within the relationship of roles to the life cycle. (JH)
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 (Clear Lake City, Texas, October 22, 1978); The figures and table at the end of this document will not reproduce well due to small, light print