ERIC Number: ED272592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Career and Work in the 1990's: A Challenge to Our Present Educational Focus.
Fisher, Janet Cameron
By 1980, 50 percent of all Americans were employed in information-related careers, and it is estimated that by 1990, the "Information Society" will have captured 70 percent of careers. The number working in heavy industry today will be reduced 80 percent by the year 2000. As a result of these employment changes, together with the coming revolutions in electronics and biology, careers will continue to show dramatic change. A question often raised is whether the projected population of the future will have the skills for the future. Unless changes occur in the educational process, the gap between minorities and the mainstream population will become even greater.To prepare students for the employment of the future, educators need to reassess the skills the students are now being taught. Many specific skills in technological areas will be needed, but the most important tools that can be provided for youth are those of analysis, judgment, and critical thinking. Activities to develop these skills can be incorporated into any subject area. "Introducing a Futures Perspective into the Career Education Curriculum," published by the Office of the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, provides a series of lessons designed to teach students to think critically about themselves and the future. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego State Univ., CA. National Origin Desegregation Assistance (Lau) Center.
Note: In: Educational and Societal Futures: Meeting the Technological Demands of the 1990s. Proceedings of a Conference (Anaheim, California, April 28, 1983); see UD 024 362.