ERIC Number: ED222758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Education for Older People: Another View of Mainstreaming. Fastback 181.
Heinrich, June Sark
There is a strong case to be made for mainstreaming older people into regular classes and schools rather than segregating them in special, separate groups on the basis of age. Many older Americans are in need of elementary-secondary level training in order to become functionally literate. Similarly, the continually changing nature of work has forced many middle-aged and older adults to seek vocational training or retraining. The decline in enrollment and financial problems currently being faced by institutions at all educational levels make the mainstreaming of adults into regular classrooms not only feasible but economically advantageous. While it is true that education has traditionally meant education of the young, America has manifested a historical trend toward all-inclusive education. Many of the traditional assumptions underlyinq American education would tend to support the mainstreaming of older adults into regular classrooms. Included amoung these are the notions of education as preparation, education as continuous growth, and education as an end. What is needed now is an age-inclusive system of education in which schooling would no longer be viewed as preparation of youth but rather as a lifelong process. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Older Adults, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($0.75; members, $0.60; quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Phi Delta Kappa, Los Angeles. Univ. of Southern California.
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.