ERIC Number: ED205440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Emerging Crucial Issues for School and Society.
Allen, Dwight W.
This monograph contends that education in the future can best prepare students to deal with pressing social issues if it works toward three major objectives. These objectives are: (1) to prepare people to live according to a productive work ethic in which work and leisure pursuits are balanced; (2) to instill in students a life ethic in which individual identity is balanced with concern for others; and (3) to imbue students with a service ethic based on the realization that there is obligation beyond self-interest. To accomplish these objectives, educators must first help students break down their preconceptions and attitudes of certainty about what the future will bring. Specific issues with which educators should be concerned within the framework of these objectives include individuality vs. collectivity, routine vs. novelty, global identity vs. local preoccupation, work vs. play, aggression vs. submission, and justice vs. mercy. One way educators can help students stop being concerned with various doomsday concepts and begin creating alternative futures is to help them share in the vision that alternate futures can actually be created. Educators will be successful in these endeavors if they help students assert a common values framework (based on the service ethic, the life ethic, and the work ethic), and if they help students realize that they will be better prepared for the future if they restore balance and moderation to thinking and action. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Global Conference on the Future (1st, Toronto, Canada, July 20-25, 1980).