ERIC Number: ED247011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Young Child in the Year 2000: Setting the Professional Agenda.
Katz, Lilian G.
While forecasting what the sociopolitical climate will be like in the year 2000 is extremely hazardous, it is possible to discuss some long term societal trends and to offer a personal list of items that, it is hoped, will be on the agenda for education. Long term trends which will probably continue to influence society include the increasing similarity of the sexes, particularly in such areas as child rearing functions and responsibilities, the increasing sophistication of children, and the steady raising of criteria for what constitutes the "good life." Education in the year 2000 can also be approached by formulating answers to questions of what will then be conceivable, possible, feasible, practical, and desirable. However, these answers are amorphous due to our lack of knowledge about future conditions and are highly individual because they are colored by our personal values. A list of desirable agenda items for education includes (1) the quality of life as a focal variable, (2) assessment of children on a measure of thriving, (3) emphasis on aesthetics, (4) development of interethnic and interracial harmony, (5) emphasis on the development of social competence, (6) development of interest in something outside of the self, (7) parent participation in child care, and (8) improvement of public understanding of child development and education. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Early Education and Development.
Note: Paper presented at the Minnesota Round Table Meeting in Early Education (Minneapolis, MN, June 1984).