ERIC Number: ED274724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
The New Demographics.
Thomas, Franklin A.
The Joint Center for Political Studies aims to increase black America's ability to participate fully and effectively in the governance of society. While significant progress has been made since 1970, recent evidence shows that gains are deteriorating and that disturbing demographic trends are changing the social structure of the nation. This speech focuses on trends in two areas: population and policy. The nation's youth population is shrinking and will consist increasingly of minorities. Blacks will soon comprise 20 percent of the work force. Despite certain advances in the education of minorities, such as lower high school drop-out rates, college attendance for blacks has declined in the past 10 years. Two policy trends are noted: (1) receding federal commitment to equal educational opportunity, and (2) states launching initiatives to improve school performance. This latter trend, which has its valuable aspects, also has the effect of diminishing an already shrinking pool of black elementary and secondary school teachers who provide important role models for black children. This speech concludes that it is the burden of the Joint Center and others to challenge minority youth constructively to encourage them to higher achievement. (LHW)
Descriptors: Black Achievement, Black Education, Black Employment, Black Leadership, Black Teachers, Black Youth, Equal Education, Government Role, Minority Group Children, Public Policy, Racial Integration
Ford Foundation, 320 East 43 Street, New York, NY 10017.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Note: Remarks delivered at the annual dinner of the Joint Center for Political Studies (9th, Washington, DC, March 26, 1986).