ERIC Number: ED227595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Challenges of the Eighties.
Costanzo, Matthew W.
The widespread disenchantment with public education can be understood by looking at studies and official statements made in recent years. Demographic studies clearly indicate that the population is getting older; older citizens on fixed incomes seek alternatives to the costs of education. In addition, fewer births and the resulting enrollment decline mean that taxpayers will demand quality education with the least amount of financial burden. These factors, along with the technological revolution that is transforming an industrial society into an information society, could result in decentralizing learning experiences to each home. Statements critical of public education have been made by prominent persons including the President of the United States and James Coleman. Finally, a number of state legislatures have enacted bills that continue to drain the public school treasury. To meet these challenges, supporters of public education must communicate broadly its many virtues. Public education is unique in having large numbers of experienced, dedicated, and talented educators; superior physical facilities; comprehensive programs and services; and heterogeneous student population. Educators should also help draft state legislation, promote cooperation among school districts, and communicate successes more effectively to the general public. (MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a meeting of the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association (October 1982).