ERIC Number: ED194424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Population, Education, and Children's Futures. Fastback 150.
Bjork, Robert M.; Fraser, Stewart E.
This monograph discusses world population problems, examines the underlying concepts and issues in population education, and looks at the future. The monograph begins by describing an attempt at population education in a village of India. Eight guiding concepts that are considered to be essential for population educators are then discussed. These are: (1) all exponential progressions have limits; (2) it is impossible to do nothing; (3) everything is connected to everything else and rarely can problems be solved in isolation; (4) the issue in population is not how many the planet earth can support, but how long any size populations can persist; (5) everything must go somewhere; (6) one cannot get something for nothing; (7) often good intentions do not lead us to where we would like to go; and (8) growth in the moral and aesthetic aspects of life is possible without growth in population or economic production. Many issues concerning the scope, audience, and teaching methods in population education are sensitive and often controversial. For example, should an educational program emphasizing fertility limitation be directed toward adults, teenagers, or both? Another issue is the degree to which sex education and population education should be related. A brief survey of population education in Third World countries shows that some efforts have been made to develop curriculum in the schools, but the major emphasis has been to reach the child-bearing age group with both sophisticated and primitive forms of media. To date China is the only large non-Western country with a predominantly rural population that has achieved a low birthrate. Children's futures from various countries are compared. Sources of material for the population educator are cited. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Population Education, Population Growth
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47401 ($0.75, quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
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