ERIC Number: ED189010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Futuristic Theory of Education.
Pulliam, John D.
The paper proposes basic principles and a priority of values as a guide to futuristic thinking about the role of education. The author stresses that education is charged with teaching skills and information necessary for survival, coping with change, and controlling the human life space; socializing the young; and enforcing public policy. Educational philosophy should be evaluated in the light of alternative life styles, increased leisure, the decline of the work ethic, and new concern for the creative imagination. In this light, educational philosophy must be dynamic and evolutionary. Although futures thinkers tend to be a diverse group, certain common areas of agreement relevant to education can be identified: to achieve human survival with maximum realization of potential; accept change for what it is and learn to use it; have faith in the human ability to control the future; use the past but avoid obsolete values and attitudes; not to confine future educational theory only to educational institutions; keep means and ends in perspective; and achieve broadly based, interdisciplinary educational philosophy. In summary, the task of education is to help reconcile the individual to his world and to insure dignity and the maximum realization of the human potential. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Global Conference on the Future (1st, Toronto, Canada, July 20-24, 1980).