ERIC Number: ED202775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
The Third Wave and Education's Futures. Fastback 155.
Miller, William C.
This booklet describes Alvin Toffler's future society and culture and examines its potential impact on education. In his book, "The Third Wave," Toffler describes our civilization's progress through two major phases (waves). The First Wave began some 8,000 years ago when man became agricultural. The Industrial Revolution began the Second Wave. The Third Wave is just now starting. The values upon which the Third Wave society is based are: personal fulfillment, feelings of self-worth, and time for leisure; meaningful and stimulating work; individuals who are self-reliant and autonomous; and a reasonable degree of security. Because of education's lack of success in innovation and change, many doubt our educational system can respond, much less lead us into the Third Wave. If education is to be valued by a Third Wave population, education will have to be different. It will have to be less formal, expensive, and wasteful, and more individualized, realistic, humane, fun, and lifelong. The curriculum of the future will (1) focus on preventive mental and physical health; (2) create a responsive environment for learners; (3) be more integrated and will be organized around major topics; (4) emphasize acquisition of critical thinking and problem-solving skills; (5) stress the ability to locate and use resources; and (6) encourage building human relationships. More use will be made of interdisciplinary instructional teams often composed of specialized personnel from business, industry, and the professions. Also, there will be new organizational structures for schools. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Relevance (Education), Social Change, Values
Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($0.75 single copy, quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.